One man missing in boating incident

INTERLACHEN — Authorities said an early morning fishing trip Wednesday turned tragic for two men.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Hancel Woods said deputies responded at about 5:30 a.m. to Lake Grandin after they received calls someone on the lake was calling for help.

“When deputies arrived, they literally were running from house to house asking residents to use their boats,” Woods said.

Woods said a resident launched his boat, which allowed deputies to rescue one man found clinging to the bow of a small sunken boat.

Another man, 56-year-old Kenneth Edward McCann, who was visiting from Oregon, was not found, and the sheriff’s office dive team began rescue efforts, Woods said.

By about 10:30 a.m., boats from the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the sheriff’s office continued searching a portion of the lake where the sunken boat was found.

Area residents watching at the scene said they believed there had been other drownings at the lake but could not recall when and who was involved.

At about 1 p.m., Woods said Clay County’s dive team was called in to assist. 

“At this point our effort has evolved from search and rescue to search and recovery,” he said.

The search ended at about nightfall, and Woods said it would restart in the morning.

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