Two Eagle Scouts were dead, an 11-year-old Scout was fighting for his life and a small East Texas town was in shock and mourning Monday after a Catamaran the boys were sailing apparently hit a power line.
Local media identified the victims as Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, and Thomas Larry, 11. More than 300 people turned out at a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Hallsville, a town of about 4,000 people 130 miles east of Dallas, to honor the youths, the Longview News-Journal reported.
“You’re talking about great young men, men of integrity,” Hallsville Band Director Sherri Morgan told the crowd. All three boys were band members. “We’re heartbroken, we’re devastated. … All is not lost, they leave a legacy. So they are going to live on forever.”
Kelly Camp Weatherford, a friend of the Larry family, set up a gofundme page that reached its $10,000 goal in 20 hours.
“Thomas is at LSU (hospital) in Shreveport on life support,” she wrote on the page. “They did a partial test for brain functions but they were negative. … They are not very optimistic but there is a chance.”
Preliminary investigations indicate the Scouts were electrocuted when their Hobiecat Catamaran collided with an overhead transmission line Saturday in Lake O’ The Pines near Avinger, Texas Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
Game wardens arrived at the scene to find the Catamaran on fire with the sails up about 300 yards north of the power lines, the statement said.
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon