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Friday
Jul062012

Fourth Child Dies After Missouri, Tennessee Lake Electrocutions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A fourth child has died after a pair of separate electrocution incidents at lakes in Missouri and Tennessee.

Nathan Lynam, 11, died Thursday night at Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., authorities said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Noah Winstead, 10, Lynam's swimming companion at Cherokee Lake outside Knoxville, died after the two boys were electrocuted, possibly by a faulty houseboat electrical cord.

Two other children swimming in another lake, this one in Missouri, also were electrocuted on Wednesday.

Alexandra Anderson, 13, and her brother Brayden, 8, were killed while swimming near a private dock in the Lake of the Ozarks around noon, a couple of hours before the Tennessee incident.

Adults standing on a dock heard screaming and jumped in.  Police say those who jumped in felt electricity and cut off power to the dock.  The adults immediately began CPR, but it was too late.

Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the electricity could have come from any number of sources.

"Obviously, the lights, lots of times, they have slides and they have pumps that pump water onto those slides so the children can use them," Reinsch said.  "There's a lot of reasons electricity is on that dock."

Two hours later, the other two boys were shocked at Cherokee Lake outside Knoxville.

"Someone started hollering, 'The kids are getting electrocuted,'" witness Betty Hamilton said.

Other witnesses said the boys had been swimming from one house boat to another when they suddenly cried for help.

"We believe that somehow or another, the electricity at this point got into the metal of the boat, and when the children touched the metal ladder to get in, that's when the electrocution occurred," Grangier County Sheriff Scott Layel said.

Police said seven other people were also injured by the electricity in Cherokee Lake -- four adults and three children -- and were taken to area hospitals for medical attention.

Police in Missouri and Tennessee said they were still unsure what energized the lakes.

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Thursday
Jul052012

Missouri, Tennessee Lake Electrocutions Kill Three Children

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Fourth of July turned deadly after three children died in two separate electrocution incidents in Missouri and Tennessee.

Alexandra Anderson, 13, and brother Brayden, 8, were killed while swimming near a private dock in the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri around noon Wednesday.

Adults standing on a dock heard screaming and jumped in.  Police say those who jumped in felt electricity and cut off power to the dock.  The adults immediately began CPR, but it was too late.

Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the electricity could have come from any number of sources.

"Obviously, the lights, lots of times, they have slides and they have pumps that pump water onto those slides so the children can use them," Reinsch said.  "There's a lot of reasons electricity is on that dock."

Two hours later, at Cherokee Lake outside Knoxville, Tenn., a 10-year-old was killed and another boy was seriously injured in an eerily similar incident.

"Someone started hollering the kids are getting electrocuted," witness Betty Hamilton said.

Other witnesses said the boys had been swimming from one house boat to another when they suddenly cried for help.

"We believe that somehow or another, the electricity at this point got into the metal of the boat, and when the children touched the metal ladder to get in, that's when the electrocution occurred," Grangier County Sheriff Scott Layel said.

Witness Hamilton said, "People jumped into the water.  My son and brother helped get the one little boy out.  They gave him CPR and everything.  I was comforting the parents the best I could."

Police say seven other people -- four adults and three children -- were also injured by the electricity in Cherokee Lake and were taken to area hospitals for medical attention.

Police in Missouri and Tennessee say they are still unsure what energized the lakes.

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Saturday
Jan152011

Downed Power Lines Kill Three

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -- Officials say three members of a San Bernardino family died Friday when they were checking out downed power lines in their backyard.  Officials say high winds overnight knocked down tree limbs and power lines in the area.

Local reports say there were small fires on the lawn and the homeowner went outside to inspect them.  The fires were apparently caused by the downed wires.  When the man came into contact with the lines, he was killed.  Apparently the man inadvertently touched the 16,000 volt line and died first.  His wife rushed out to help him, not realizing what had happened.  She too was immediately electrocuted.  That scenario played out one more time when their 21-year-old son was also killed.  They are identified as 44-year-old Steven Vego, 43-year-old Sharon Vego and their son, Jonathan Cole. 

Two other family members, a 10-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were in the house and are uninjured.  They were in the care of other family members on Saturday.

Steven Vego's brother, Frank, was furious on Saturday, telling ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that this is the second time the line has come down on the house.  Southern California Edison is investigating. 

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