A third Boy Scout from Hallsville, Texas, passed away Monday due to injuries suffered when his sailboat struck an overhanging power line on a lake east of Dallas. Medical attention and an emergency transport to a local hospital were not enough to revive him. He was 11.
Two older Boy Scouts—ages 17 and 16—were also aboard and were killed instantaneously when their catamaran struck a power line at Lake O’The Pines near Avinger, 150 miles from Dallas. The names of the victims have not been released.
Daniel Anderson, chief operating officer for the East Texas Boy Scouts of America, said that when a Scout leader arrived at the scene of the accident, the two older boys were already dead, according to The Washington Post. The oldest teen was found on the boat, while the other two had fallen into the water.
According to Anderson, the three boys were just off shore when the catamaran struck the line operated by Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative. Scouts nearby saw immediately that they were in distress. A boat retrieved the 11-year-old and took him to the shore, where an ambulance awaited.
“There’s literally hundreds of campouts like this every year in East Texas and nothing like this ever happens,” said Anderson.
Boy Scouts of America’s East Texas Area Council CEO Dewayne Stephens expressed his condolences after it was confirmed that the two older boys had perished.
“This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. We will support them in any way that we can.”
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