4th of July Water Electrocutions Result in Three Deaths

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On this 4th of July, four kids were electrocuted in lakes in Missouri and Tennessee; three were killed as a result.

On July 4, 2012 at around noon, two siblings – Alexa Anderson, age 13, from Ashland, Missouri and 8-year-old Brayden Anderson of Ashland, Missouri – were swimming near a private dock in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. According to an article online from the New York Daily News, they were in the water when they were hit with an electric shock.

The article reports that adults who heard screams jumped in and pulled them out of the water. The adults then performed CPR and arranged for transportation to nearby hospitals. Both children were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sergeant Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol named a number of possible sources for the electricity including lights and slide pumps used on docks.

According an article online from ABC News, two other boys were shocked at Cherokee Lake outside of Knoxville, Tennessee two hours later.

Around 2:00 P.M., 11-year-old Nathan Lynam of Tennessee and Noah Winstead, age 10, of Tennessee were swimming in Cherokee Lake. Witnesses said the boys were swimming from one house boat to another when they were electrocuted, possibly by a faulty houseboat electrical cord. Nathan Lynam died Thursday night at Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

According to the article, police said seven other people were also injured by electricity in Cherokee Lake. Police of both Missouri and Tennessee say they are still unsure what has energized the lakes.

The article from the New York Daily News reminds us, “Be careful around water. Electricity from errant lighting can make[sic] lakes deadly and flowing rivers[sic] are always a risk.”

*Photo courtesy of ABC News

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