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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LAKE SEMINOLE (WALB) – A search and recovery operation is underway on Lake Seminole for a missing hunter who officials say was pulled into the Jim Woodruff Dam.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials, 34-year-old John Slappey of Albany was duck hunting with his step-brother just above the Jim Woodruff Dam around noon. Slappey was hunting in the water in a floatation device while step brother went up the lake in a boat. He returned 5 to 10 minutes later, but Slappey was no where to be found.

Workers at the Jim Woodruff Dam said they saw a man, believed to be Slappey, get pulled into the dam. Witnesses said the man went over the spillway gate, re-surfaced twice, but eventually went back underwater and has not been seen since.

Search crews spent the afternoon on the water but were unable to find Slappey. Florida Fish and Wildlife will resume its search tomorrow.  

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