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Search yields no boat or victims on Alabama River

A helicopter searches above the Alabama River Tuesday after reports of a boat capsizing. Nothing was found. A helicopter searches above the Alabama River Tuesday after reports of a boat capsizing. Nothing was found.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - From the air and on the ground, emergency personnel scanned the Alabama River near downtown Montgomery for any signs of fishermen or a boat Tuesday.

"It was either a speed boat or a bass boat," said Maj. Huey Thornton of the Montgomery Police Department.

On the water rescue teams from the Alabama Marine Police used sophisticated sonar, capable of penetrating the murky waters all the way to the bottom. Two witnesses riding across the Bell Street bridge heading west told police they literally saw a boat zip through the river and suddenly get in trouble.

"The boat fish-tailed and then it flipped back. The citizens are saying the boat capsized and right now the Montgomery Fire and Prattville Fire Departments have their boats in the water along with divers on stand-by," said Thornton.

As the morning drifted to the afternoon, investigators found NO evidence of anything or anyone. They called off the search, leaving the truth, for now, under water.

"Anytime we get a report like this we have to take it seriously. The witnesses appeared legitimate and we have no reason to believe they would file a report under false pretenses," Thornton said.

WSFA 12 News attempted to get a first-hand account from the two witnesses, but both men later declined to speak.

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