August 3, 2010 by Post Team
Shreveport teens at least two families drowned in the Red River after they were playing in the shallow water then stepped off a ledge in a 18-foot sinkhole.
The victims, aged between 13-18 years old, died while trying to save each other.
“They were here with some adults. But, unfortunately, neither the children nor adults could swim,” Shreveport Deputy Fire Chief Fred Sanders told the Associated Press.
A teen session, a rescued 14-year-old was. Authorities said they held a press conference on Tuesday to give more details on the deaths.
A team of emergency came after police received a call about 6:30 pm About a person drowning.
It took officers about 10 minutes to find the sink, and it was then learned that there were multiple victims of drowning. At 10:30 pm, all bodies were recovered.
Marilyn Robinson, a friend of the victims, saw as the five men and one woman disappeared under the water. She said a large group of friends and relatives, including 20 children had gathered to spend a nice time.
“They were shouting ‘Help me, help me. Someone please help me,” Robinson told The Times of Shreveport. He said he could not swim. “There was nothing I could do but watch drown one by one.”
The area is a popular hot spot for picnicking, fishing and wading.
Sanders aid, the city had never experienced a tragedy of this magnitude.
“It’s devastating,” he said.
With News Wire Services
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