Drowning victims' family make donation to Taylor Co. search team

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly six months after two men drowned in the Green River while duck hunting, the families of those men are giving back to search and rescue crews.

Larry Stokes, 57, and Harold Wethington, 77, went missing in Taylor County in December.

The families wanted to do something for the search crews that helped them during the difficult time. Instead of flowers, they asked for donations at the funerals. They raised $1,230. That money bought a new boat for the Campbellsville Fire and Rescue squad.

"There's no way that our department would be able to make a purchase like this," said Fire Chief Kyle Smith.

The boat will come in handy whenever crews need to cross still water. Chief Kyle Smith says they are happy to have it, but he wishes it was under better circumstances.

"A lot of times, when we make responses like this, some pretty strong bonds are formed with rescuers and families. That's truly been the case here," said Smith.

The Stokes family is planning to give more money to the department. That event will be this fall.

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