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3rd Boy Scout dies after sailing accident on Lake O' the Pines

By Staff and Wire reports
Aug. 7, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.
Updated Aug. 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Thomas Larry (photo from Facebook)

A third Boy Scout has died from injuries suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line at Lake O' the Pines.

Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesman Steve Lightfoot said the 11-year-old Scout died Monday. Thomas Larry was hospitalized at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport following the accident Saturday.

The boy was sailing in a catamaran with two older boys, 17-year-old Will Brannon and 16-year-old Heath Faucheux, when the mast struck the power line.

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A Scout official said a Scout leader quickly reached the boat but the two teens were already dead.

It wasn't clear Monday why the power line was overhanging the water, in proximity to watercraft.

Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, which owns the line, says it's cooperating with the investigation.

Posted by Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation on Sunday, August 6, 2017

An uncle wrote Monday afternoon on Facebook a thanks for continued prayers and that "we are crushed and are processing."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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