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Official: Scouts were at troop campout at time of fatal sailing accident

By Glenn Evans
Aug. 6, 2017 at 4:12 p.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2017 at 4:12 p.m.


Two Longview area Boy Scouts are dead and a third is in critical condition after the boat they were sailing at Lake O’ the Pines on Saturday struck a power line.

Daniel Anderson, chief operating officer for the East Texas Boy Scouts of America, said Sunday the boys, ages 16 and 17, were at a troop campout at a private residence near Alley Creek on the lake’s north shore. The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

“And the boys had taken out a Catamaran, and the mast came in contact with a power line,” Anderson said.

The two teens are believed to have been electrocuted. An 11-year-old Scout also was injured and taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

“He’s in critical condition,” Anderson said. “So, we’re getting regular updates on that.”

A statement from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the younger Scout was found unresponsive “in a boat nearby” the Catamaran and was given CPR by “good Samaritans.”

The parks department said game wardens arriving shortly before 2 p.m. found the oldest Scout on board and the 16-year-old in water nearby.

The parks department said all three boys had been wearing flotation devices. It also listed the older teen as being 18 years old.

Anderson said the East Texas Scouting organization would not release further information, including the boys’ names.

The parks department also is withholding names, but it said the boys were members of Troop 620 in Hallsville.

A vigil is set for 8:30 p.m. today at Hallsville City Park.

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