Two Boy Scouts Killed In Texas During Troop 620 Boating Trip

08 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Two Boy Scouts Killed on East Texas Lake

The boy was sailing in a catamaran Saturday with two older boys, one 17 and the other 16, when it struck the power line at Lake O'The Pines near Avinger, 150 miles from Dallas. "We're heart-broken, we're devastated".

The 16-year-old and 18-year-old were found in the water, dead, near the Catamaran, TPWD said.

"Thomas is at LSU (medical center) in Shreveport on life support", she wrote on the page.

The accident is still being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team.

A gofundme account has been set up to help the family with expenses. Game wardens found the boat on fire about 300 yards (274 meters) from power lines.

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East Texas Boy Scouts of America Chief Operating Officer Daniel Anderson said the troop was camping at on private property on the north shore of Lake O' The Pines near Alley Creek.

The names of the boys were not immediately released. A third casualty, 11-year-old Thomas Larry was discovered inert in a vessel adjacent and was given CPR by a couple of good Samaritans. "Continue to pray for all families involved in this unbelievable tragedy", Dewayne Stephens wrote in the post. All three of the Boy Scout Troop 620 members were electrocuted when the boat they were riding in came into contact with the power line.

Thomas's mother says her son's lungs have not functioned on their own since the accident. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Boy Scouts & their families".

"This is an extremely hard time for our Scouting family".

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