Two boys scouts electrocuted and killed while sailing

Posted August 08, 2017

Larry and two other cub scouts ages 17 and 16 were on Lake O' the Pines Saturday in a sailboat when the pole struck an overhead transmission control line. "We're heart-broken, we're devastated".

The third victim, 11-year-old Thomas Parry who survived, was found unresponsive in another boat nearby, the Longview News-Journal reports.

The injured Boy Scout is now in critical condition at LSU Health in Shreveport.

A GoFundMe page set up to support the family of survivor Thomas stated doctors are "not very optimistic" about his chances of recovery. Both of the young men reportedly sustained extensive bodily injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials at the Lake O'The Pines Marina say that the Hallsville Boy Scouts were camping there.

Game wardens are now investigating.

"This is an extremely hard time for our Scouting family".

The third boy, who remains hospitalized, was rescued by troop masters who saw the incident unfold and paddled about 200 yards to the flaming catamaran.

They were all were part of Troop 620 from Hallsville, Texas, Parks and Wildlife said. "Continue to pray for all families involved in this unbelievable tragedy", Dewayne Stephens wrote in the post.

The three, who have not been formally identified, were all wearing personal floatation devices, it said.

According to the game warden's office, it was an officially sanctioned scouting event. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Boy Scouts & their families".

We are working to determine what happened, and we are gathering facts as they become available.