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Pinellas deputies recover boat of two men who died on Lake Tarpon

TARPON SPRINGS — The boat used by two men whose bodies were found Wednesday, five days after they went fishing on Lake Tarpon, was found Thursday.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies searching the northern Pinellas County lake discovered the 14-foot aluminum vessel submerged in about 13 feet of water off the eastern shoreline Thursday afternoon.

The boat did not appear to have significant damage, but deputies will conduct a "thorough inspection," the Sheriff's Office said.

Long-time friends Willie Ragins, 43, and Willie Hightower, 64, both of Plant City, were reported missing early Sunday after they went fishing on Lake Tarpon Saturday and never returned home.

Search efforts continued until their bodies were discovered Wednesday in the center of the 2,500-acre lake. The boat belonged to Ragins, his family said this week.

Pinellas deputies recover boat of two men who died on Lake Tarpon 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 6:37pm]
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