Searchers Recover Body Of Missing Rogers County Fisherman

Searchers have recovered the body of a Rogers County man who drowned on Oologah Lake.  Jeremy Brewer has been missing since the boat he was in capsized during a fishing trip November 8.

Friday, November 16th 2012, 12:04 pm

By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol recovered the body of missing fisherman, Jeremy Brewer, Friday.

This came after more than a week of searching on Oologah Lake. More than a dozen search crews came in, from all over the country, to assist in the search for Jeremy Brewer—many of them volunteers and people who knew Jeremy and his family personally.

SkyNews 6 was in the air last Thursday, when emergency crews rushed Jeremy's cousin and uncle to the hospital.

The boat they were fishing in with Jeremy was overcome by strong winds and heavy waves and capsized.

Jeremy went under in 25 feet of water. Crews immediately began sweeping the area, beginning a search that would last 9 days, leaving Jeremy's family watching and waiting for an answer.

"It is a tough day, but it is a relief day. Truth is, we were looking for closure, and that's what we got," said Jeremy's father, Dan Brewer.

If search crews were on the water, Jeremy's father, Dan, was there, too.

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"I've been up there every day, sometimes two and three times a day, but we wanted to be as close as we could get to him," Dan said.

OHP says the cold water and choppy waves drew out the search.

Eventually, it was a specialized sonar that located Jeremy's body, some 25 feet below, hung up in debris.

"I called some people in Texas, they called some people in Louisiana, and an old boy came up here last night with a boat, that has the process technology in the boat," Dan said. "He hit on him in about the second pass, and said he's right here."

The Lake Patrol, Rogers County Sheriff investigators, and the Northwest Fire Department pulled Jeremy's body to shore, giving his family, and his father, a chance to say goodbye.

"His journey on Earth is done. He lives on in all of us," Dan said. "Everybody in this family that was kin to that boy, he lives on in, every friend he had, he lives on in them. What we needed was closure."

Dan Brewer said he thanks the search crews and the volunteers for their efforts.

Jeremy's body was taken to the medical examiner's office, and funeral arrangements are still pending.


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