Teen Swimming Death May Have Been Result of Electrical Shock from Stray Voltage

Traverse City – Michael Scott Knudsen, an 18-year-old Mancelona man, died Monday evening while swimming at the Clinch Park Marina near Dock F. 

According to witnesses, he may have received an electrical shock in the water before drowning. 

Two Traverse City Firefighters brought Michael Knudsen to the surface and administered CPR, but were unable to resuscitate him.  Mr. Knudsen was transported to Munson Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

Michael Knudsen’s friend reported to authorities that he had felt an electrical shock in the water.  The Power to the dock was cut off by marina authorities. 

Traverse Legal, a law firm specializing in complex litigation and mass tort with Maritime experience, is investigating this accident.  If you have any questions or seek representation concerning this accident, contact a Traverse City personal injury lawyer.

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Stray voltage deaths while swimming are not an unusual occurrence. Almost all of them are preventable. All marinas should have adequate signage that warns of the dangers and prohibits swimming inside a marina. Additionally, marina facilities should be equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) at each power station for the docks in order to guard against stay voltage from wiring deficiencies or short circuits on the watercraft within the marina. Boaters should always routinely test their electrical systems to make sure that there are no stray voltage issues emanating from their vessels. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has adopted the safety standards for boats to prevent stray voltage from occurring and the consequential tragedies which may result from stray voltage coming from a recreational vessel. Marina facilities are typically in a position to be most aware of the hazards that result from stray voltage risks within marinas.

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