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UPDATE: Bodies, boat of missing Lake Tarpon boaters found

7:32 PM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
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Pinellas County, Florida -- UPDATE: The bodies of two missing boaters on Lake Tarpon were found Wednesday. The boat the two were last seen on was found Thursday afternoon submerged in approximately 13 feet of water off the east coast of the lake.

Authorities say there does not appear to be any significant damage to the boat but a thorough inspection of it will be conducted in the coming days.

Willie Ragins III and Willie High Tower vanished late Saturday night after they went fishing that afternoon. Law enforcement and private searchers have been looking for the two boaters for three days, watching the sonar for signs of the missing men. 

See also: Relatives lose hope for missing boaters

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says the bodies were found in the center portion of the lake by deputies and citizens.

At this time, the sheriff's office says the deaths appear accidental and not suspicious in nature.

The medical examiner will complete an autopsy to determine their cause of death.


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