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Infrared camera finds drowning victims

An underwater video camera using infrared rays to pierce the murky depths of Convict Lake found four bodies Wednesday at the site where seven people fell through thin ice and drowned. Divers had recovered two of the bodies by late Wednesday. The body of a fifth victim, a forest service worker, was recovered Tuesday.

A Washoe County sheriff's department spokeswoman said a Nevada inventor offered to come to the lake in California's Sierra Nevada mountains to help in the search with an infrared camera he devised.

The drownings occurred when three teen-agers from a private probation home ventured out onto the thin ice and fell through. Two counselors tried to rescue them but also fell through and drowned. A U.S. Forest Service worker and a volunteer firefighter died when they tried to help the others.

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