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Search underway for teen in water in Highland Lake

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Several agencies are searching for a teen who fell in the water in Highland Lake just outside of Oneonta on Thursday. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC Several agencies are searching for a teen who fell in the water in Highland Lake just outside of Oneonta on Thursday. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC
The teen fell into the water a little after 10 a.m. Thursday. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC The teen fell into the water a little after 10 a.m. Thursday. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC
Searchers hit the water. Source: WBRC video Searchers hit the water. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Around 50 people are searching for a 15-year-old who fell out of a boat in Blount County on Thursday morning.

Sheriff Loyd Arrington says the teen is from Ragland and was on a boat on Highland Lake near Oneonta with two other people. They were inspecting boat docks and piers for storm damage when the teen fell into the water just after 10 a.m. It's still unclear how or why he fell overboard.

Officials won't comment on whether the teen or the other people he was with were wearing life vests. Authorities are not releasing the teen's name at this time.

Highland Lake is private and doesn't often have drownings. Last year, a 19-year-old girl died on the Locust Fork River in Blount County. The sheriff said it's tough to once again be searching for a teenager in the water.

"It's just that our hearts go out to them. You stop and think, 15 years old and he apparently is gone. You know, what can you say in a situation like this? If you've never experienced it you don't know what to say," Arrington said.

A command post has been set up at Highland Lake Town Hall. The Blount County Sheriff's Office, Alabama Marine Police, Blount County EMA, Trussville Fire and Rescue Dive Team, Cullman Rescue Divers, Straight Mountain Fire and Rescue, Holly Springs Fire and Rescue and the Oneonta Fire Department are all helping with the search.

Sheriff Arrington said the search will continue until they find the teen's body.

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