UPDATE: Deputies said Thursday Jan. 2 that the boat belonging to the missing fishermen on
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The bodies of the two missing boaters on
Deputies said the two boaters went fishing in a 14-foot aluminum Jon boat on
Deputies said they were contacted Sunday and began searching for the boaters around . The two boaters have been identified as 43-year-old Willie Ragins and 64-year-old Willie Hightower, both of
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has two boats with side scan sonar and an airboat in the water as well as the flight unit searching from the helicopter, officials said.
Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are assisting the search efforts and both have a boat on
Various citizens from around
During the course of the search, deputies said they found items belonging to the boaters including two coolers, a life jacket, a tackle box, a boat chair, a red plastic gasoline can and a small red and white thermos which were found in various locations in the north section of the lake.
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