- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - Marine divers have recovered the bodies of two boaters who went missing Tuesday night in Pass Christian.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove tells WLOX-TV in Biloxi (https://bit.ly/1R9h0LY ) the boaters were reported missing around 11:00 p.m. When sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, they found a truck and an empty trailer, but no sign of the boaters.

The Marine Patrol and Coast Guard found a small skiff vessel capsized about 200 yards west of the Merlin Necaise Boat Launch. The bodies were found Wednesday morning.

Hargrove identified the boaters as 51-year-old Alphonze Dedeaux of Pass Christian and 56-year-old Gerald Ellis of Pass Christian.

Hargrove has ruled both deaths accidental due to drowning.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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