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Boaters identified in Lake Mohave deaths

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Date: January 12, 2009
Contact: Andrew S. Munoz, 702.283.2344

SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. - The National Park Service has positively identified the bodies recovered Saturday from Lake Mohave as 70-year-old James Mercer and 74-year-old Francis Blossom both of Parhump, Nev.
Mercer was located near Tamarisk Cove at 9:30 a.m.  Blossom was located near Nine Mile Cove at 4:30 p.m.
National Park Service rangers of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area coordinated the effort that also included support from Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The search and rescue began at 5 p.m. Friday after the National Park Service received a report that the men were overdue by one of their wives.  The search was suspened late Friday night and resumed at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
The search ended with the discovery of Blossom.
The bodies have been turned over to the Clark County Coronor's Office.  Next-of-kin have been notified.
Lake Mohave is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
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