INDIAN CREEK, W.Va. – Two young Mingo County boys, brothers and students at Williamson Pre-K 8, drowned Sunday evening at Bluestone Lake in Summers County, West Virginia.
Authorities say the bodies of two boys who went missing in Indian Creek in Summers County were recovered later that evening.
The Division of Natural Resources identified the victims as 13-year-old Gabriel Gerald Cantrell and his brother, 12-year-old Allan Michael Cantrell. The two boys were swimming with family at the mouth of Indian Creek in the Bluestone Wildlife Management area when a current pulled them under about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The DNR says that neither boy was wearing a flotation device.
The brothers were from Lick Creek, which is near Rawl, W.Va. in Mingo County.
Several emergency crews responded to assist in rescue and recovery, with officials now confirming the bodies of the two boys have been found.
Both boys were in the seventh grade this past school year. Their sixth grade teacher, Heather Hatfield, said the brothers were “friendly and fun-spirited.”
“They both were funny,” Hatfield added. “Both boys had a smile that could melt your heart! I mean that. I’m still in shock at what happened, it’s all so surreal, but I do know that they are with the Good Lord now.”
Shannon Blackburn, Williamson PK-8 principal, said the school and staff are reaching out to help and all prayers are greatly appreciated. The PTO is planning a candle vigil to honor the students. Also, the PTO has started a donation fund. You can visit the Williamson PreK-8 PTO Page on Facebook for information on how to donate to the family online. Any other donations can be dropped off at the school during the day.
“I knew the two boy’s from my Assistant Principal days at Burch Elementary and knew them since they were in first grade. They are remembered as fun loving young men who enjoyed life. They will be sorely missed,” said Blackburn.