Two dead in Highland boating accident

Two dead in Highland boating accident

Two dead in Highland boating accident

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KMOV.com

Posted on October 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 1:11 PM

Silver Lake, Highland, Illinois

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Highland, IL (KMOV.com)—Two men are dead after their boat capsized while fishing on Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois early Saturday morning.

According to police, Benjamin Zarzeck, 23, of Troy and David Foss, 25, of Edwardsville, had entered Silver Lake Park apparently after the park had closed to fish for catfish late Friday.

Police say the two men went out on the lake in a narrow, 12-foot boot that had been modified with tall seats and a plywood platform.

Authorities say family members called one of the victims on a cell phone around 1 a.m. and the men said they were heading back to shore to return home.

When neither victim arrived home, concerned family members tried calling their cell phone again, but there was no answer.  Relatives drove to the lake around 5 a.m. Saturday morning and found the truck and boat trailer that belonged to one of the men but no sign of the victims.

Family members called Highland Police who found the capsized boat out on the lake.  Illinois State Police and state conservation officers were called to help search for the men.

Foss’s body was found at 10:35 a.m. and Zarzeck’s body was found at 12:41 p.m. Saturday.  Both bodies were found using sonar equipment.

Authorities tell KMOV.com that neither victim was wearing a life jacket.  One life jacket was found stuffed under a seat on the boat. Investigators do not suspect any foul play and there was no indication that alcohol was involved.

While authorities say they are not sure what caused the accident, they suspect that the boat was top heavy, flipped and threw the two men into the water.

The investigation is ongoing.

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