- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say no charges will be filed after two men drowned when a plastic boat sank in the Northeast Cape Fear River.

WITN-TV in Greenville reports wildlife officials say 29-year-old Desmond Ramsey and 53-year-old Reginald Kilpatrick were among six people aboard the boat when it went down on June 14. The other four men managed to get to shore.

Officials said the men had been hired by a company to clean the river.

An investigation determined there were no lifejackets on the boat, which also had a 12-inch crack and eas rated for only three people or 450 pounds.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Capt. Bradley Joyner says authorities decided not to file charges after an investigation and consulting with the district attorney.

The state Department of Labor is also investigating.

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