Clinton County, IL (KSDK) - Search teams combed Carlyle Lake throughout Saturday night and all day Sunday for two missing boaters.
The two men went into the water around 10 Saturday night.
Illinois Conservation Police say the search is now a recovery effort.
"Reports were that we had a boat adrift. One subject jumped out of the boat," says Sgt. Eric Manker. "Due to the high winds last night he was unable to get back to the boat. The boat was drifting away from him. He began swimming towards the boat, became fatigued and panicked. Another occupant in the boat jumped in to try to save him and they both became distressed."
Sgt. Manker says there was another person in the boat.
"A third individual in the boat was not familiar with the boat and did not know how to operate the boat to try to get to them and help them. Other boats stopped and tried to assist, but the subjects went under and did not come back up."
Details on what they were doing out on the lake aren't clear.
Sgt. Manker says conditions on the lake can appear better than they are, but that the lake can be unforgiving.
"Many times we have had drownings on this lake and it's from an individual jumping out of a boat and thinking they're strong enough to swim back to it. With the high winds, it surprisingly gets away from them quicker than they think."
He has a word of caution for anyone getting out on the lake.
"If you're going to jump out of a boat into the main lake like that, do it with a life jacket on. If you can't get to the boat, at least you'll stay afloat and alive."
Conservation police have not released the names of the two men. They have told us that they're believed to be in their 30s.