Texas Boy Scouts Electrocuted When Boat Hits Powerline

Courtesy KLTV

Courtesy KLTV

Authorities say two Texas Boy Scouts were killed and another critically hurt when their sailboat hit an overhead power line and apparently electrocuted the youths. "We're heart-broken, we're devastated".

One teen was found still on the boat while a second teen was found in the water not far away. Thomas Larry, 11, was listed in critical condition on Sunday, the newspaper reported.

The accident is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team, according to the release.

The lone survivor, age 11, was found unresponsive on the boat but was given CPR by good Samaritans.

Kelly Camp Weatherford, a friend of the Larry family, set up a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses for Thomas that reached its $10,000 goal in 20 hours. The identities of the three boys have not been released at this time.

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Game wardens are now investigating.

The three boys were members of Boy Scout Troop 620 from Hallsville, Texas.

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.

"You're talking about great young men, men of integrity", Hallsville Band Director Sherri Morgan said at the candlelight vigil, when thanking the community for their prayers on behalf of the families of the Boy Scouts.

Lightfoot said an investigation was continuing. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Boy Scouts & their families. We will support them in any way that we can", he said.

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