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By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Mendez, left, from his Facebook page; Ingram, right, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 3, 2014 (Lakeside) –A second body has been recovered from El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, following a boating collision Thursday.    Russell Mendez, 20, and Jeffry Ingram, 21 were killed after a Nitro vessel struck the boat while they were fishing, ejecting both men into the water.  Two men aboard the Nitro were treated for injuries and released.

Mendez had been a linebacker on the football team at Patrick Henry High School, which Ingram had also attended.  The two friends enjoyed fishing together on a regular basis.

CBS News interviewed a witness who said the smaller boat was nearly cut in half by the collision.  An investigation continues into the crash, which caused closure of the reservoir Friday.

Authorities remind boaters to use caution and obey speed rules to protect the safety of themselves and others on local lakes and reservoirs.

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el cap fatalities

It's not the speed of the boats, it's the discretion (or lack thereof) of the people piloting them. My nephew Jeff Ingram would be alive today if the owner of the Nitro had obeyed the posted speed limits and used some common sense.

High Performance Boats

These high performance motors should be prohibited on our local lakes. Some fishing people use these big four and six cylinder motors at El Cap or San Vee. No need for 250 to 300 HP to fish on a small reservoir.