Cherokee Lake Swimmers Electrocuted
Investigators believe a faulty cord from a houseboat caused swimmers in Cherokee Lake to be electrocuted. A 10-year-old boy died at the scene Wednesday afternoon and an 11-year-old boy was revived, but was reported on life support at a hospital. Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel said deputies were dispatched shortly before 2:30 p.m. to German Creek Boat Dock where the boys encountered electrical current while swimming between two houseboats and a dock. The deputies immediately began performing CPR on the victims. The boy who was revived was taken to Morristown Hamblen Hospital and then transferred to Children's Hospital in Knoxville. Six other people who pulled the boys from the water also came in contact with electrical current, but did not receive life-threatening injuries. Names were not immediately released.