District Attorney General James B. Dunn announced on Monday that he is closing the inquiry into the deaths of two young boys electrocuted while swimming at a Grainger County marina on the Fourth of July.
Dunn said he has "pursued a rigorous investigation into this tragedy," but after extensive review, he concluded that this incident does not have basis for criminal action.
Ten year-old Noah Winstead of Morristown was pronounced dead soon after he was electrocuted at German Creek Marina. His 11-year-old friend Nate Lynam was removed from life support the next day.
Authorities said the boys were swimming near house boats when they were electrocuted. Several other people, who were trying to rescue the boys, were also injured.
State Fire Marshal's office issued a report detailing electrical violations at that marina after the incident. The report did not connect those violations to the deaths of the boys.
After closing the case into the deaths of the two boys, the District Attorney General said he hopes this tragedy will "serve as a catalyst for education, regulation, and enforcement that will save the lives of others."