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Accident Information File

Two young boys playing in a gravel pit area outside of Manson, Wash., fell through the ice of the partially frozen lake and drowned. Nearly 18 hours after they were reported missing, the boys' bodies were found by a diving crew using an underwater camera. Searchers concentrated on the lake after one of the boys' shoes was found frozen near the surface. The boys apparently went to the lake after school Friday and threw rocks on its surface before walking out onto the ice. They fell in abuot 20 yards from shore, near a spot where there was no ice on the surface. They were discovered about 15 feet apart in about 9 to 10 feet of water.