Rescue workers located two of the three bodies on Monday of the young Israeli men who went missing in the Sea of Galilee over the Passover holiday, a police spokesperson said.
The two bodies were said by police to have been found in the same area of the Sea of Galilee by police boats using “advanced equipment.”
Hebrew media reports said the bodies were located with the help of sonar devices provided by the Israeli Navy.
Police also said that they are continuing to search for the third body in the same area where the other two were found.
The three young men, named in Hebrew media reports as Itamar Ohana, 19, from the northern city of Kiryat Shmona; Nahman Itah, 21, from the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit; and Liron Karadi, 17, from the coastal Israeli city of Netanya, all went missing last week.
Initial reports said early Tuesday that the two bodies located by the search teams were those of Itah and Karadi.
For nearly a week, police and rescue workers, along with the help of volunteers, scoured the Sea of Galilee in a massive search for the three.
On Sunday, the navy sent a specialized search ship and an elite team of divers in order to assist with the search efforts.
According to reports, all three disappeared in separate incidents.
Itah and his girlfriend set out on a floating raft from the Lavnun Beach camping resort on the eastern shore of the lake last Wednesday morning. Strong easterly winds and currents pushed them out into deeper waters where the raft overturned. A jet-ski rider was able to save the woman, but Itah was already out of sight.
Later in the morning, Karadi and another teenager, who also floated out on a blow-up raft, were swept out, after which the device was punctured. One of the teens was rescued, but Karadi went missing.
In the third incident, a number of teens set off from Lavnun on a floating mattress and were also taken westward, away from shore, by the wind. Two were able to swim back to shore but the third, Ohana, went missing.
Their disappearance came as more than 80 other people were rescued from the lake on Wednesday as heavy winds surprised holiday bathers.
The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake, covering around 166 square kilometers (64 square miles). Its shores are lined with vacation sites that host tens of thousands of Israelis during the week-long Passover festival that began on Monday night.