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. SoSad83

    WOW the comments on here are crazy. ALL i know is i will be prayin for this family and i will be getting my kids and myself in swimming lessons!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas

    To all the posters writing about prayers and god,

    So where was this god when these kids were drowning? Looks like either he did not give a crap or does not really exist, don't it?

    Pray for the kids after they are dead? That will accomplish a lot.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doug

    Why all the stupid, condescending comments? These were 13 to 19 year old kids not 13 to 19 month old kids. Teenage kids think they are indestructible and do stupid things sometimes and occasionally those things turn out to be tragic. Unfortunately these kids, for what ever reason, could not swim. Maybe their parents didn't have the knowledge, money or opportunity to teach their kids to swim. Maybe these families never spent time near water. Why make fun of these families? It is very disheartening to see people do this, especially with a tragedy such as this. We as Americans should be better than this.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JK

    LOL! Not to sound heartless, but what a stupid decision by those teens and parents.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • US NAVY Man

      You should be ashamed of yourself. To even take the time to post a comment like that say alot about you.

      August 4, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Texan

    Nobody's fault except the teens...not the school, not the YMCA, CIA, or the FFA. Well, I'm thinking Bush and Chaney may have had a hand in it.
    It is a tragedy though. Prayers to the family.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Candid

    Many children die from downing every year – some in private or public pools, some in other bodies of water. In the US, who knows how to swim and who doesn't has some roots in class and race issues in this country. The deaths of these kids are tragic – some of us feel compassion, other jump to criticism. Much of the time, nothing is learned

    August 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Texan

    It was the teens fault solely. Not the teachers or the YMCA! GW or Dick maybe have had a hand though.
    Prayers for the family

    August 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stix213

    How do this many teens all not know how to swim? How irresponsible are their parents??? A few freaking swimming classes when they were kids could have easily saved all their lives.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kewfly

    Wow. Sad story. Wonder what these kids did to pi$$ off God? He sure did smite them good, huh? Where is Moses when you need him?

    August 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kewfly

    The teens who drowned have been identified as Takeitha Warner, 13; Jamarcus Warner, 14;
    LeTavious Warner, 17; Ladarious Stewart, 17; Latrell Stewart, 18; and Latevin Stewart, 15.

    Was this a Jewish family?

    August 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • boomer

      That there was funny...sorry.

      August 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GAPeach

    For God's sake! This is a tragedy you people. Don't point fingers at the parents or make it a racial issue. It is a TRAGEDY! They could not swim and they panicked trying to help each other. I am white and grew up in Atlanta and we were not allowed to go in public pools but we went to the Chattahoochee River everytime we could to wade....and I have still never learned to swim. My parents didn't swim so thus did not pass it on. Don't you know the parents are suffering enough! May they rest in peace and their parents find peace.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GAPeach

    Please READ before you open your mouths! They did NOT JUMP IN DEEP Water; they waded in shallow water and it dropped off!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CAROL

    How sad about the lost of lives. Even worst is the cold hearted persons who make such nasty comments. You or anyone else knows the day or hour wie will depart this earth, so lets hope someone cares enough about you to be there for you, (though i doubt it). Love for one another always prevails over ignorance of someone else's comment.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bubba Ingles

    Y'all going to Hell.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CONRAD

    JUST DONT GET IT ,IF MY CHILD WAS DROWNING ,ID LEARN TO SWIM REAL FAST.I MEAN ATLEAST GO OUT N TRY U PEP STANDING ON THE BEACH DID A WHOLE LOT,,NOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

    August 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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