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. Stephanie

    Hangon, they didn't jump into deep water. They were walking and the floor bed suddenly dropped 18-20 feet. They didn't know. Very very sad.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. lizevem

    How can you be that old and not know how to swim? Doggy paddle anyone?... Where were the parents of these kids?.. My 3 year old can swim!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mcc

    Most likely they were trying to cool off assuming as long as they were standing or walking they would not need to swim...I am sure we can all say hind sight is 20/20 and they should have known better, but none the less I feel very bad for them and the families to lose so many children that way...tragic...unfortunantly was not the first and will not be last tragedy to befall a human being!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karla

    I grew up across from that River, and it had no public access, i don't know why anyone would swim in it, my parents forbid me from ever going near dangerous then and now!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. mizh

    What a terrible tragedy for all families involved. Regardless of "who's to blame" or whatever some of you morons are spouting off — here are 6 fine young persons who will never get the chance to live their lives fully. I'm so sad to read about this and I send heartfelt condolences to the families. They have very difficult times ahead and we should all think of their sorrow.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Zach

    of all the places to go wade into when you can't swim, and you choose the Red River? That river is the worst to do that in, it has ghost logs just under the surface all over, and its extremely clouded along with a nice current, it is sad this happened, but if your gonna do something like this go to a lake where the river bed isn't constantly changing

    August 3, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. TRUTH

    GO to MSNBCs web page for the full story – this one is fragmented. One teen slipped in and the others tried to save him.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jason Hainline where the hell were the parents?!?!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason Hainline where the hell were the parents?!?!?!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy Teal

    Schools should not have to teach EVERYTHING to our kids. My siblings and I had to take swim lessons each summer at the local YMCA until we completed 7 summers. We could not afford a swimming pool and went to rivers and lakes growing up also. It cost money to send us, but my parents thought it was important enough for us to learn to swim. Parents may have to get a 2nd or 3rd job to pay for such things, but it is worth every penny to keep our kids safe.

    May God help these families during this terrible loss.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. momtana

    Where is your compassion and empathy.......?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Learnfromthis

    Case in point – we need to learn from this not point fingers. Simple precaution of bringing a cooler and tieing some rope to it the next time you decide to venture into the water might have made a big difference here. Especially since no one around knew how to swim. Plan for the worse, expect the best. Just remember to dump out the cooler before you toss it in to help someone.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gulp!

    Darwin strikes again!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. TRUTH

    Please read other news pages – this story is fragmented... They drowned trying to save one that slipped in...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. arf

    survival of the fittest. this is how nature weeds out the dumb ones. dumb rednecks deserved this

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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