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. PeopleRStupid

    All these comments show what's wrong with our society.... "It's the government's fault for not posing the right signs..." and "It's the school's fault for not teaching the kids how to swim..." and "It's the community's fault for not having inner-city swim programs..." All BS.... how about personal responsibility? Stupid kills and these parents and, by proxy, their kids were stupid. You don't know how to swim then don't get in the water? If you do, then that's the educated risk you take.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lesa

    Can we leave race and Obama out of this! A tragic accident happened to 2 families and 6 children. It's really offensive that people keep making reference to Darwinism, accidents happen all the time...which is how most of you idiots got here. I agree if you are going to visit an unfamiliar body of water you should know how to swim. Just like I feel like if you are going to a strange wooded area you sound not introduce your self to animals that could maul you to death. However people set out with the best intentions hoping things go well. It didn't and 2 families will have to live with that decision. Who are we with our views and opinions after the fact that will not being these children back home? Manage your own families and stop judging others.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Amazed

    This is an incredibly sad story, and I'm amazed at all you people who troll these types of stories just so you can write some heartless comment. Darwin award? Wow, such compassion. It is so easy to sit at your desk and just judge everyone you come across isn't it.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Parenting 101, ALL children should know how to swim

    August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dee-wreck

    BEST & IAMCORRECT: Go to hell.
    Maybe it is the excessive heat??? The same reason people are drowning in Russia. Apathy is alive and well regarding our planet and loss of life!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. katgirl


    August 3, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy

    There are these things called "life-jackets" that prevent drowning, regardless of age or race. My parents made me wear one until I learned to swim. My Mom wore one, too, because she didn't swim well. Don't blame the schools, blame the parents. They should have taught their kids NOT to go into water without their gear, if they can't swim.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. JasmineC

    Some of these comments are very stupid, ignorant, and insensitive to these families. First, because someone doesn't know how to swim doesn't mean they should stay away from enjoying areas with water. These kids thought they were safe walking on the sandbar that didn't look deep. the sandbar gave way under them and flushed them into a deep hole. The others reacted to help their loved ones and got caught in. That is called unselfish love and they are on the same level of heroes to me, although it turned out tragic. The other thing is, so what if some people don't know how to swim nor teach their kids how to swim. Many don't have the priviledge nor know where to go to learn to swim or better yet, they didn't grow up around water. So don't place blame on the parents. This tragic incident is like lets say your children are playing on the sand on a beach and a sink hole swallows them up suddenly. Would you like it if people placed blame on you for not foreseeing or preventing this from happening? Ridiculous. No one knew that this nice outing would turn out so tragic. God bless these families.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brooke

    @Ryan- "Too bad one wasn't Justin Beiber".... lmfao.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    This is entirely the fault of the parents. There is ZERO excuse that any child doesn't know how to swim. That should have been taught before child were taught how to cross a street. It's child neglect.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Leslie C

    I live here and can tell you that it was 105 degrees and everyone was either indoors or getting wet yesterday! The sand bars on the river are popular places to picnic and have fun and are frequented by many, many people here. The water was not deep, nor was it simply stepped into a sink hole and the others, though non-swimmers tried in vain to save him-losing their lives as well. This is not nearly as simple as knowing how to swim-and knowing how to do so, would not have changed anything-sink holes are just that-and are not unlike riptides. Even strong swimmers have been lost to both.
    This is a tragedy in our community-regardless of the opinion of others and perhaps those who don't understand should simple hold their tongues.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. WhatRHumansThinking

    It is a needless tragedy and a horrible one for the parents to now live through and will be something that will haunt them the remainder of their lives.
    My question is, where is common sense anymore? Doesn't anyone teach their children safety? I don't believe in evolution, but I do know with some of today's headlines de-evolution is alive and well in today's world.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    Just goes to show arm floaties aren't just for toddlers you can get them for what $2.99?

    August 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. LaLA

    Everyone keeps asking y the teens were in a place they were not familiar with...teens DO things like that..... we all did stupid stuff as teens. That's PART of Y we know better NOW. Didn't U ever do anything ur parents told U NOT 2 TO do? We lost a 9 yr old boy in the family because he didn't listen to his parents. Rode his bike on a busy street because he wanted some stupid candy. Got hit by a truck that didn't see him either. Fortunately his family DID donate his organs so something at least decent came from the tragedy.
    It's a very unfortunate tragedy and my heart goes out to all affected by this.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. what the?

    Who made this about african-americans not knowing how to swim? Just because they are from Louisiana, that doesnt mean that they are african-american. I think that the problem here is this article is really short and quite a few of you are anxious to justify the actions of the ignorant. I am sorry, but black or white, if you dont know how to rock climb, I am sure I am not going to see you on the mountains any time soon. Ergo, if you cant swim, then WHY ARE YOU IN THE WATER? Heck, my daughter is 19 months, can barely talk, but she can swim. I would even take it a step further and say that the authorities should be pressing charges of neglect against the parents. The simple fact is that this is a very sad incident, but a little common sense goes along way, regardless of race.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
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