August 3rd, 2010
01:01 AM ET

Six teens drown in Louisiana river

Six teens drowned after they waded into unfamiliar waters and fell into a deeper part of the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, officials said.

One additional member of the group was rescued, Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders told CNN.

He said no one in the group of teens, who ranged in age from 13 to 18, could swim.

The victims were part of two families, and three of the victims were brothers, he said.

Divers on scene said the river bed drops from a shallow area to 20 feet, Sanders said.

People nearby heard the teens screaming for help, CNN affiliate KSLA reported.

Local ministers were in the area counseling grief-stricken family members Monday evening, KSLA said.

"Please lift this family up in prayer," Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover told KSLA.

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  1. Michele

    It is irresponsible of parents not to teach their kids to swim. They were asking for trouble.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yo

    Seriously. After the first 5 all walked up and disappeared, you have to wonder... Why did the 6th one keep walking?

    August 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kimberly

    I grew up in this area. The river they're talking about is very brown/red with silt, and it's impossible to see the bottom in any water over about a foot or two deep. I read on another site that the kids were on vacation, so they likely weren't used to playing in water like this, and didn't know that you should shuffle your feet & step carefully to prevent exactly this situation. My heart and prayers go out to their families.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GM1966

    Had the parents ever heard of floatation devices? Better yet....IF YOU CAN"T SWIM DO NOT GO IN THE WATER. I cannot be saddened by people dying because of stupidity.

    Unfortunately, with billions of people on the planet, tragedy happens ever second of every day.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Davey Jones

    The unimaginable cowardice, to stand there and watch your children drown. Of course, it seems easy today to get rid of unwanted children. Just say you left the baby in the bath to answer the phone, or like this, you thought it was safe, even though NONE OF THEM COULD SWIM. Congratulations, mom. Now you have your freedom back and you made the news. Prepare to be inundated with flowers and little sympathy teddy bears.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Saddened

    Irregardless of the socio, economic or cultural reason this happended it is tragic. It is also tragic the way the parents are being bashed. I'm sure they have enough guilt w/o others adding their one cent!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kimberly

    For those who care to know, here's a bit more info from the Shreveport news:

    http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=12913620

    August 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clr

    This is tragic.... and I feel for the family – but it is also a lesson... anyone that lives near a river, should learn to swim – and teach their kids to swim as well. Just like people who own pools who don't teach their kids to swim... Ior people who live near main highways that don't teach their kids to at least look both ways... etc.. I don't get it.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DJ

    I can't believe this family is being criticized in the face of such tragedy. People are so heartless. They were wading in the water and just hit a spot where the river dropped. It's a simple tragedy, not cause to blame someone.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JohnnyJett and the Dirty Socks

    Please don't point out fault, it's unnecessary and only compounds the hurt these families already feel.

    It has to be one of the single most heartbreaking experience to lose a child, your children should always out live you. The truth is Parents lose their children every day to accidents, war, and disease etc. My heart goes out to all of those Parents who have experienced this misfortune. Try to be strong, time will hopefully heal. Always cherish the time you shared.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KBC

    MSN is reporting the 2 families involved are black and indeed stupid. A freakin newborn baby can swim, how can 13 or 18 years olds just sink like rocks?

    August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • US NAVY Man

      My God bless your soul. Your looking at all the wrong things I'm sure you have had families members to pass on as well. Color of a persons skin has nothing to with this. Why even waste your time posting a comment like this. I bet your nothing even form there and have no clue about the river or the countless amount of people who go into the water. But here's so useful information you can take with you. Out of the hundreds of people who have die in the river this is the first time any black's have died in it.

      August 4, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Natural Selection

    Ummm, maybe its for the best. If their to dumb to keep themselves out of a river when they cant swim perhaps it best they didnt have have a chance to have children of their own.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kat

    This is senseless. Whatever parent allowed their THREE sons to play in a river KNOWING they could not swim, should be charged with child negligence. And to think not just three brothers had to die, but three others as well. This type of story really makes me angry. 13-18 years old and they cannot swim? If they are not willing to learn, or you aren't willing to teach them KEEP THEM OUT OF THE WATER! Especially a running river!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NewsReader

    They were all about knee deep in the river, probably cooling off, when the sand gave way. The first teen fell in, and since he couldn't swim the others were trying to help when the rest of the sand sunk in and they all ended up falling in. They had no idea the sand could just sink from beneath them like that, and that it was 20 feet deep. Think when you are standing knee deep in a lake, you think, as long as you don't walk out further, you should be fine? Who would expect the whole bottom to cave in?

    August 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tia C

    Um, they didn't know how to swim yet they went ... swimming, and then subsequently drowned. Sounds like the herd got thinned to me.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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