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3 missing, 10 hurt after boat crashes on 2 Alabama lakes

Rescue crews are searching for three people who are missing on two Alabama lakes after separate 4th of July boat crashes left 10 other people injured. 

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Both crashes happened after dark during July 4th celebrations on large reservoirs that are popular destinations for people seeking a break from the summer heat. 

Searchers including dive teams and underwater sonar devices searched on Friday for two people who were missing after two boats collided on Lake Jordan, near Montgomery. 

Five other people were hurt in that accident, including two who were hospitalized with serious injuries. 

Crews also resumed searching Friday for one person who was missing after another boating crash on Smith Lake north of Birmingham. 

Five people were hurt in that incident and four of them had to be taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Photos from the crash scene showed a rescue boat beside a fiberglass boat overturned in the water. 

While skies were clear in Alabama on Friday, high temperatures were forecast in the 90s. 

Capt. Gary Buchanan, a spokesman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol, said the intense heat made conditions worse for searchers. 

He added they were concentrated on recovering bodies on the nearly 7,000 acres Lake Jordan rather than finding survivors.  

‘It works against us because of the stress that puts on the divers and their gear and the search teams that are out there in the sun and the heat,’ Buchanan said.

Smith Lake covers about 21,000 acres.

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