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UPDATE: Identities released after three bodies pulled from Bonneville County reservoir

Officials say it appears to be a boating accident
Posted at 12:47 AM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 18:43:01-04

Three bodies were recovered from the Palisades Reservoir around noon Friday after Bonneville County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of debris floating in the water.

According to the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, deputies found three deceased bodies in what appeared to be a boating accident.

The three victims include two adult males and one adult female. The victims have been identified as  Leo S. Britt, 69 of Grapeview, WA, Neal Hines, 64 of Jeffrey City, WY and Sydney Hines, 44 of Jeffrey City, WY.

Deputies were able to locate a small motor boat submerged in the water linked to the victims. 

Through investigation Deputies determined the three victims arrived at Palisades on Thursday May 4th with the intention of crossing the reservoir and camping in the McCoy Creek area until the 5th.

 It appeared the small boat was overloaded and somehow capsized in the process of crossing the reservoir. The victims were found wearing life jackets but appeared to have died from hypothermia and exposure to the cold water before being able to reach the shore.

"There are no other victims in this case and rescue operations have been completed," a press release from Bonneville County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Bryan Lovell said.