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Two Boy Scouts Killed on East Texas Lake

"This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family," said the CEO of the local Scout group

**Update: NBC 5 learned Monday afternoon that an 11-year-old boy injured in this incident Saturday has died from his injuries. The update to that story can be read here.**

Two Boy Scouts, ages 16 and 17, were killed Saturday when their sailboat hit a power line on an East Texas lake. A third Scout, 11, was injured and is hospitalized from his injuries, authorities said.

The group was sailing on Alley Creek at Lake O' The Pines near Avinger, Texas, when they lost control of their sailboat and hit a power transmission line, according to a news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The group was from Boy Scout Troop 620 in Hallsville, Texas.

When Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens arrived, they found the catamaran sailboat on fire.

Seventeen-year-old Will Brannon and 16-year-old Heath Faucheux were fatally electrocuted, KETK reported.

Good Samaritans pulled the 11-year-old onto another boat and started CPR until he could be taken from the scene to LSU Medical Center-Shreveport, according to the statement.

East Texas Area Council, BSA Scout Executive & CEO Dewayne Stephens released the following statement on the deaths:

"This is an extremely difficult time for our Scouting family. We are very sad to confirm the deaths of two youth participants following a boating incident. A third youth has been airlifted to an area hospital after sustaining injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. We will support them in any way that we can.

“I would like to thank the emergency teams who responded and assisted our Scouts and volunteers throughout this incident.”

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