Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Death of Three Scouts in Texas

Death of Three Scouts in Texas

Their sailboat ran into an overhead power line. Two died immediately, one later. 

"Two Texas Boy Scouts, aged 16 and 18, were killed and another was hospitalized after their sailboat collided with an overhead power line, likely sending a jolt of electricity through the boat, Texas officials said on Sunday." Click here to see the NY Times article of August 6 by Jon Herskovit. The third Scout was taken to a hospital in Shreveport, LA, but died later.

The Scouts were camped on private land near Lake O' The Pines in East Texas and took a catamaran onto the lake. They were just off shore when their boat struck the power line, so help arrived almost immediately. Rob Walker, general manager of Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, said in a statement that the company is working to determine what happened.There was a candlelight vigil on Sunday night.

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