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Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Third Boy Scout dies after sailboat hits power line in Texas

Third Boy Scout dies after sailboat hits power line in Texas

The boys were from Troop 620 out of Hallsville, according to CBS News.

The three boys, ages 17, 16, and 11 were on a Hobiecat Catamaran when investigators believe it collided with an overhead transmission power line and the boys were electrocuted as a result of that collision.

Wardens then found an 18-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in the water a short distance away from the boat. Both had severe bodily injuries and were dead.

The 11-year-old Scout had been hospitalized in Shreveport, Louisiana, since the accident Saturday afternoon, Texas Parks & Wildlife spokesman Steve Lightfoot said.

He was then taken to LSU Medical Center-Shreveport in Louisiana.

His condition was not provided.

All three were wearing flotation devices. Their names weren't immediately released.

"It was a tragic scene", Texas Game Warden Quint Balkcom told KLTV.

This is an extremely hard time for our Scouting family.

A GoFundMe page set up to support the family of survivor Thomas stated doctors are "not very optimistic" about his chances of recovery. Continue to pray for all families involved in this unbelievable tragedy.

First, I want to say how grateful we are for all the love and support we have received since this happened to Thomas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team is investigating the accident. Walker is the general manager of Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, the company that is helping with the investigation.

Dewayne Stephens, the scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America's East Texas Area Council, said a scouts flag in honor of Larry would be raised, flown and then lowered and finally given to his family as fellow scouts attend the ceremony in uniform, the Washington Post reported.

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