Wind Conditions Complicate Search for a Henderson County Man

Smith County search teams began at first light on Wednesday, to search for 23-year-old, Eric Tyson Coleman presumed to be drowned on Lake Palestine.

Wardens only got about forty-five minutes of dragging the lake Wednesday morning because the winds picked up. The choppy water conditions on Lake Palestine became too dangerous even for them.

"We don't have a very good location right now for one thing its a large area," says Chris Green, Game Warden. "It might be three to four days before he resurfaces. If we can't locate him with our dragging operation then we'll locate him then."

Warden Chris Green says the Coleman jumped into the lake Tuesday afternoon minus a life jacket. Quickly the drowning victim was too far from the boat to safely swim back.

His girlfriend tried to save him, but was unsuccessful. The current, Game Wardens say, was also too much for her to handle.

When lake conditions permit, wardens will continue to search for a body, but stumps and trot lines complicate their recovery mission.