It’s been nearly a week since Craig Strickland, lead singer of Arkansas-based country band Backroad Anthem, went missing during a duck hunting trip in Oklahoma. The body of Strickland’s friend, Chase Morland, was found on Monday (Dec. 28) along with the men’s capsized hunting boat, and Craig’s dog who was alive.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other rescue teams have worked tirelessly to find Craig Strickland in what they are now calling a recovery mission. Boats equipped with sonar, a helicopter, and cadaver dogs have been scouring a two mile section of Kaw Lake nearest to where the men launched their boat on Sunday (Dec. 27). However, a new discovery could give rescuers reason to broaden the search area.
Saturday night (Jan. 2) Craig Strickland’s wife, Helen, shared on Instagram that while they were unable to locate her husband, an experiment was conducted that is giving the family reason to hope they will have answers soon.
According to Helen, a friend of Craig’s put on the same style of waders that Craig wore hunting last weekend and got in the hotel pool to test their buoyancy. Since Craig was more than likely wearing his waders when the boat capsized, the experiment could help rescuers understand what would have happened when Craig fell in the water. “From this experiment we can conclude that Craig may have actually floated after the boat was capsized,” wrote Helen Strickland.
We were unable to locate Craig Strickland today. However, we are able to stay positive after conducting an interesting experiment to see if waders actually cause a person to sink. Since Craig was most likely wearing his waders it would be helpful to know what actually happens when a duck hunter falls into the water. Craig's friend put on the same style waders Craig wore last Sunday and tested it's buoyancy in the hotel pool. From this experiment we can conclude that Craig may have actually floated after the boat was capsized. Our family wants to thank Craig's friends Garthe Goodwin, Ryan Ney, Brandon James and Jake Terry who have not stopped trying to do everything possible to find Craig. Thank you for being willing to try this experiment to answer more questions for our family. #powerofprayer #craigstrickland #prayersforcraig
While rescue efforts continue, Helen Strickland along with Craig’s family and friends are staying near the search site in Oklahoma. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with expenses associated with the search. According to the GoFundMe page, “ The intention of this fund is to help the family and the search teams cover the expenses associated with the search. Friends and family are staying in hotels in an unfamiliar town and any donations to help cover the costs of this trying time would be greatly appreciated. 100% of the funds raised are managed by Craig's wife.”
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