By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Two men participating in the search for Justin Johnson were rescued Wednesday after the boat they were in took on water and lodged against a tree hanging out over the water.


The search for missing Lewis County man, Justin Johnson, 28, had a few harrowing moments of its own Wednesday.

Volunteers and family members spent much of Wednesday searching in and along Kinniconick Creek for any signs that could help to locate Johnson. During the course of that search, two of those searching from a boat ended up needing to be rescued from the rushing water after the current pushed their boat into a fallen tree on the eazst side of Kinniconick Creek.

The two men, Kendall Hyrne and Jackie Lee Johnson II (Justin Johnson’s father), were safely brought to shore by rescue workers who tossed a rope to the men and assisted them along the tree to the shore near Smooth Rock Road. Neither man was injured in the incident.

Search teams included volunteers on horseback and on foot. Several people also launched boats into the creek to aid in the search. The water level was higher than usual as a result of rain over the previous several days.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. and many of the responding rescuers were nearby at the scene of a cabin fire off Little Trace Road.

Justin Johnson has been missing since Thursday (March 23) evening. His abandoned S-10 pick-up was found the next day on Lower Twin Branch Road near Garrison.

In an apparently unrelated story, a body was found in a wooded area near the Lewis/Carter County line Wednesday and Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens has not indicated it is the body of the missing man.

Two men participating in the search for Justin Johnson were rescued Wednesday after the boat they were in took on water and lodged against a tree hanging out over the water.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/03/web1_Kinney-Rescue-1.jpgTwo men participating in the search for Justin Johnson were rescued Wednesday after the boat they were in took on water and lodged against a tree hanging out over the water.

By Frank Lewis

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