2011.08.17

Investigation confirms teen experienced electric shock before drowning

A preliminary investigation confirmed that a short in an electrical line carrying power to a section of floating dock caused an electric current to enter the water near where Michael S. Knudson drowned.  The report also concluded the short did not cause the circuit breaker to shut of power.

We assume there will be findings concerning why the circuit breaker failed, and what caused the short-circuit.  The other questions that must be asked and answered are whether there were adequate warnings notifying the public swimming was prohibited and if so, whether those restrictions were being enforced.

The risk of stray voltage in a freshwater marina setting is significant and the precautions necessary to prevent swimming in the marina should be examined thoroughly to prevent another such tragedy.

News Stories:

Teen died from electrical shock, drowning - Traverse City Record-Eagle
Teen drowning victim was shocked in water - UpNorthLive.com 

 

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