Deputies resume search for missing boaters on Lake Tarpon
5:14 AM, Dec 30, 2013
3:57 PM, Dec 30, 2013
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. -
Pinellas County deputies continue to search for two boaters missing on Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs.
Willie Ragins, 38, and 64-year-old Willie Hightower, both from Plant City, went fishing in a 14-foot aluminum jon boat on Lake Tarpon on Saturday in the late afternoon. The last contact from them came 10:00 p.m. that evening.
Deputies were contacted and began searching for the boaters around noon Sunday. During Sunday's search items belonging to the boaters were found, includinga life jacket, a tackle box and a boat chair.
On Monday, a red plastic gasoline can and a white thermos bottle were found.
Various forms of sonar equipment, airboats and helicopters are being utilized to locate the two men.
Boaters and visitors in the area are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office should they see anything out of the ordinary.