UPDATED | March 17, 2017 3PM
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The second day of searching for a 50-year-old man reported missing on Lake Ray Hubbard is underway. Crews are now calling it a recovery mission.
No one has seen Mark Jordan since he went out fishing on his boat on Wednesday, March 15. His family called 911 yesterday and rescuers spent the day, on the ground and using sonar in the water, looking for him.
“It’s pretty emotional,’ said Mark’s father, Dan Jordan. “He just liked to do things by himself.”
When Dallas Fire Rescue first arrived at the lake Thursday it didn’t take long for them to find Jordan’s vehicle and trailer near the Highway 66 ramp. It wasn’t long after that when they found his capsized about half-a-mile away.
Today Dallas Fire-Rescue has again coordinated their search efforts with the Texas Game Warden. Jordan’s family said he’s an experienced boater, but rescuers were somewhat hampered in their search Thursday, because water on the lake was choppy and winds were strong.
Texas Game Warden Captain Tony Norton said that the wind is still a factor in the search.
“The wind is not cooperating with us, the swell out there are high,” said Norton. Additionally, crews are using a grid system and a new piece of sonar equipment on the dive boat to help in the murky water.
“We’ll be out here until dark and hopefully the wind will die down,” said Norton.
It was less than two weeks ago when Game Wardens and first-responders set out on Denton Creek, just west of Grapevine Lake, searching for a missing father and his toddler son. The boy, Oliver Meinert, survived alone overnight and wandered up to a group searching for him. It took four days before the body of his father, Matthew Meinert, was found.
Parks and wildlife officials are just advising everyone to take extra steps to stay safe when going out on the water. “It’s getting to be boating season and wear your lifejacket,” advised Norton. “Let somebody know where you’re gonna be, and what time you plan on going out and what time you plan on returning back home.”