Two Eagle Scouts died, and another scout is holding on to life in a tiny East Texas town after the Catamaran the boys were sailing, hit a power line. The entire town was in mourning. The victims were identified as Heath Faucheux, Will Brannon and Thomas Larry. They were all between 11 to 17 years of age.
More than 300 people participated in a candlelight vigil in Hallsville, a town about 130 miles east of Dallas, in memory of the young boys. According to preliminary investigations, the Scouts were electrocuted when their Catamaran hit an overheated transmission line on Saturday. The incident happened in Lake O’ The Pines near Avinger.
When the game wardens arrived at the scene, they found the Catamaran in flames with the sails up,at a distance of about 300 yards north of the power lines. The older of the teens was found onboard by the wardens; while the other one was in the water a short distance away. Both of the victims had suffered severe injuries and were dead at the scene of the incident.
Some good Samaritans were trying to revive the 11-year-old victim by administering CPR, who was found unresponsive in a boat close by. He was later airlifted to LSU Medical Center-Shreveport in Louisiana, about 70 miles away. All the three boys had their personal flotation devices on at the time of the accident.
Dewayne Stephens, CEO of the Scouts’ East Texas Area Council, thanked the emergency teams for their quick response in a statement. He added that the incident was indeed a very sad one, and that his thoughts and prayers went out to the victims’ families.