TPWD: No charges in fatal boating accident, investigation closed

TPWD: No charges in fatal boating accident, investigation closed
Officials investigate after a boating crash at Lake o' the Pines left three Boy Scouts dead. (Source: KLTV)

MARION COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - No criminal charges will be sought after an investigation into a fatal boating accident that left three Boy Scouts dead.

The investigation has now been closed.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Press Office Manager Steve Lightfoot confirmed Thursday that the Marion County District Attorney's Office will not press charges.

"That was their recommendation to us based on the investigative report," Lightfoot said. "A big part of our investigation involved our storm team, which is our boating and accident reconstruction team, theyre our CIS group. Their findings contributed heavily to the conclusion of the investigation."

The tragic deaths of the boys has been ruled an accident.

"At this point the conclusion of the report is what we've been saying all along that this was a terrible tragic accident, an unfortunate incident, and as a result we don't anticipate any charges, any criminal charges, to be filed. That's been the recommendation to us from the Marion County DA's office," said Lightfoot.

The scouts were fatally injured last August when their sailboat came into contact with power lines at Lake O' the Pines. Scouts Heath Faucheux, 17, Thomas Larry, 11, and Will Brannon, 17 died after the crash.

Lightfoot says TPWD concluded their investigation toward the end of 2017, but investigators were waiting on Marion County officials to give them a recommendation on when to release further information since minors were involved.

"Our part in reconstructing the boat accident in that investigation has concluded," Lightfoot said. "This puts to rest that tragic incident that occurred, that took the lives of those young men and we hope some solace can be achieved from this."

KLTV has reached out to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for a statement.

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