The body of the man missing at Smith Mountain Lake was found Saturday afternoon.

Ronald Lemons, of Vinton, went missing last Thursday after the boat he was on crashed into another.

His body has been transported to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.


It's been a week since a crash on Smith Mountain Lake that has one man missing and a wreckage that has yet to be found.

"It was like, it felt like I was watching a movie. It wasn't really real. It was just something you don't expect to see in your life," said Carolyn Prince.

Prince had just finished dinner with friend on their pontoon last week when they floated pass the wreckage.

"It was pretty bad. The wreck was really bad. I've seen automobile wrecks and stuff, but you don't expect to see a boat impaled in another boat," said Prince.

Prince called 911 as her friends helped to pull survivors out of the water. A bass boat with two people on board struck a Chris-Craft boat with three people on it.

"At that point were totally surround by debris and surrounded by fuel. You couldn't even breathe the air was just pungent with the smell of fuel," said Prince.

Prince continued desperately to describe what was going as she talked to 911. The group was able to pull four people out of the water, except for Ronald Lemons.

Friends and those who knew of Lemons were out on the water Friday hoping to find any clues that would lead to his body or the wreckage. Over a half dozen boats use sonars and one is using an underwater camera to comb the lake bed. So far, they've found nothing.

Prince remembers saying a quick prayer for Lemons while on the water. She says she believes divine intervention brought them there. Initially it took them 10 minutes to pull their stuck anchor out of the water. If they would have left any sooner, they would have never been able to help.

The image of the boats going under still haunts her.

“And that, I think that will be the image that's going to be in mind forever,” said Prince.


Crews are resuming their search on Smith Mountain Lake for a missing Vinton man who has not been seen since a boating accident July 31.

73-year-old Ronald Lemons was in a bass boat when it struck a Chris-Craft boat. He has not been recovered since the accident. The driver of the boat, 64-year-old James McCulloch of Franklin County, was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is still in critical condition.

The three people in the Chris-Craft boat were rescued from the water. All three were uninjured.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and friends of Lemons are searching Smith Mountain Lake for him Friday. They are also trying to recover the wreckage from both boats.

WDBJ7’s Frankie Jupiter will have an update on the search tonight.