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  • Boy Scouts Electrocuted On Texas Lake

    (KLTV) -
    Texas Game Wardens are investigating the fatal boating accident that killed two Boy Scouts at Lake O' The Pines Saturday.

    From the Texas Game Wardens:

    Texas Game Wardens are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred Saturday afternoon on Lake O’ The Pines involving three East Texas teens on a Boy Scout outing.

    Preliminary investigations and observations indicate that the vessel, a Catamaran sailboat, collided with an overhead transmission power line and those onboard may have been electrocuted as a result.

    The three occupants of the vessel, ages 11, 16 and 18, were members of Boy Scout Troop 620 from Hallsville, Texas. All three were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the accident.

    Game wardens arrived at the Alley Creek area of Lake O’ The Pines near Avinger, Texas, shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday to find a Hobiecat Catamaran on fire with the sails up about 300 yards north of the power lines.

    Wardens discovered an 18-year-old male on board and a 16-year-old in the water a short distance away. Both victims suffered severe bodily injuries and were deceased.

    A third unresponsive 11-year-old victim was located in a boat nearby and was being provided CPR by good Samaritans. He was transported to LSU Medical Center-Shreveport, LA.

    The accident is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team.

    Victim identification is not being released at this time.

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  • #2
    I assumed the boat was on a trailer when 1st reading the headline.

    Was shocked to read they were actually sailing at time.

    I suppose they were in some arm of lake that does not see sailboats very often?

    Condolences to family, friends and the troop involved.


    • #3

      Alley Creek Campsite Area on Lake O the Pines

      Close up of area

      Transmission lines can be seen if you zoom in on Google Earth

      No visible buoys indicating no boat zone

      Location in Texas

      From Wikipedia:

      Lake O’ the Pines is a reservoir on Big Cypress Bayou, also known as Big Cypress Creek, chiefly in Marion County, Texas, USA. The reservoir also occupies a small part of Upshur and Morris Counties. The dam is located approximately 8.5 miles (13.7 km) west of Jefferson.


      Lake O’ the Pines (formerly known as "Ferrell's Bridge Reservoir") was created by the construction of the Ferrells Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou approximately 81 miles (130 km) upstream from the bayou's confluence with the Red River. The reservoir was created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1946. Additional purposes of wildlife conservation, recreation, and water supply were added during construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the dam in January 1955 and the dam was completed on December 11, 1959.

      Dam and reservoir
      The spillway at Ferrells Bridge Dam

      The concrete-and-earthfill dam is 10,600 feet (3,231 m) long. The crest of the spillway is 249.5 feet (76.0 m) above mean sea level. The conservation storage capacity is 250,000 acre feet (310,000,000 m3) with a surface area of 18,680 acres (76 km2). The bayou has a length of 140 miles (225 km) and a total drainage area of 850 square miles (2,201 km2). The lake’s normal conservation pool is 230 feet (70 m) above mean sea level. The lake provides water supply storage for the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District which serves the cities of Jefferson, Ore City, Lone Star, Avinger, Hughes Springs, Daingerfield, and most recently Longview. The water supply storage exists in the conservation pool between elevations 201 to 230 feet (70 m). Water intake structures are located at various points on the lake and one downstream of the lake. Discharges from the two gates in the control structure located on the southeast end vary from a minimum of 5 cu ft/s (0.14 m3/s) to a maximum of 3,000 cu ft/s (85 m3/s).
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      • #4
        So sorry to hear about this.

        Totally avoidable on many fronts.