GRAND LAKE, Okla. - Two people were killed late Tuesday afternoon in a boat crash on Grand Lake and authorities are still investigating the scene.
Grand River Dam Authority corporate communications director Justin Alberty said a boat carrying eight passengers crashed into a houseboat docked at Arrowhead Yacht Club around 5:30 p.m.
Rachel Swetnam, of Grove, and William "Trey" Varner III, of Texarkana, Ark., were killed in the accident. Lake officials say they were in the front of the moving boat when it crashed.
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Four other people were taken by paramedics to a hospital in Vinita and two refused treatment at the scene.
Two patients were registered, treated and released at Craig General Hospital in Vinita, said hospital officials.
The boat 's other occupants were John Deselms, of Tulsa, who was driving; Taylor Perry, of Springdale, Ark.; Gene DeVerges, of Tulsa; Bryce Banham, of Tulsa; Taylor Reynolds, of Plano, Texas; and Chad Scott, of Perry, Okla.
According to Facebook, Swetnam attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School before the University of Arkansas. She competed in several area pagents and was crowned Miss Midtown Tulsa Teen USA in 2010 and Miss Oklahoma Teen USA that same year.
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Hillary Fawley spoke to Fayetteville NBC affiliate KNWA about her longtime friend, Varner.
"He was the best at being someone's friend," said Fawley. "He would always make somebody laugh. He knew how to live life to the fullest on any day, and he did that."
Swetnam and Varner, both students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, were remembered Wednesday by Dean of Students Danny Pugh.
"We are shocked and saddened by news that two University of Arkansas students were killed in a boating accident in Oklahoma on Tuesday evening. We are keeping the families and friends of these students in our hearts during this difficult time, and express our deepest condolences. These students will be greatly missed by the U of A community," read a statement from Pugh.