MARION COUNTY, Texas- An investigation by Texas Game Wardens is underway after two Hallsville Boy Scouts died and one was seriously injured in a boating accident in Marion County.
According to authorities, their sailboat collided with a power line some time before 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Lake O' the Pines Marina on Alley Creek.
When game wardens arrived at the scene, they found a Hobiecat Catamaran in flames with its sails up around 300 yards north of the power lines.
Wardens then found an 18-year-old aboard the boat and a 16-year-old in the water a short distance away from it. Both teens suffered severe injuries and had passed away.
A third victim, an 11-year-old boy, was found unresponsive in a boat nearby and was given CPR by a few good Samaritans. The boy was taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. He is in critical condition.
The three of them were members of Boy Scout Troop 620 in Hallsville.
A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Catamaran sailboat the boys were on collided with an overhead transmission power line. Texas Game Wardens believe the boys were electrocuted as a result of that collision.
All three scouts were wearing personal floatation devices at the time of the incident.
Their identities have not been released at this time. A vigil for the boys was held Sunday night.