First Responders, as well as those who live in the area, say the amateur sailors from Boy Scout Troop 620 were paddling down Alley Creek in a catamaran, when the 30-foot metal mast either hit or came close enough to where a power line arched and the voltage came in contact with the mast.
Two teenage Boy Scouts have died and a third is in critical condition after the boat they were sailing in on Saturday struck a power line. The 18-year-old, who was still in the boat, was also dead and had suffered severe bodily injuries.
Two other Scouts, Will Brannon, 11, and Heath Faucheux, died at the scene.
The 11-year-old Boy Scout, tentatively identified as Thomas Larry, was found in an unresponsive state in the boat of good Samaritans who were nearby when the fatal accident occurred. He was taken to the LSU Medical Center-Shreveport. "It was tragic scene", said Balkcom.
One of Larry's fifth grade instructors, Katy Williams, was at the candlelight vigil held Sunday night and said showing Larry was a joy.
The names of the boys were not immediately released.
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.
Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, which owns the line, says it's cooperating with the investigation. "Continue to pray for all families involved in this unbelievable tragedy", Dewayne Stephens wrote in the post. "The news traveled through the Scouting community quickly".
The 17-year-old was an Eagle Scout, according to East Texas Area Council Boy Scout Assistant Scout Executive Daniel Anderson. "We will support them in any way that we can". "We are working to determine what happened, and we are gathering facts as they become available".