Three boy scouts were electrocuted when their catamaran mast struck a live power line.




Electric shock drowning occurs when an electrical current, most often from a short circuit in electrical wiring of a dock, boat, or pump, spreads through the water.


21 deaths related to swimming pool electrocutions have been recorded since 2002.

(U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Fourth Child Dies After Missouri, Tennessee Lake Electrocutions

2 children and an adult died from electrocution while swimming at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Last summer, another swimmer died in Lake of the Ozarks. Blame landed on shoddy wiring and lack of regulation.

Alabama teenager shocked while climbing a dock’s aluminum fence in Smith Lake.

How to protect yourself  from electrocution or shock in the pool

How to prevent electric

shock drowning in lakes

Use a carbon fiber ladder instead of a metal ladder

If someone is getting shocked, don’t jump in. Use a carbon fiber rod to grab the swimmer, then call 911

Familiarize yourself & neighbors on where your power cutoffs are located

Have your docking wires inspected each year by a professional

Use a tool like the Dock Lifeguard, which will detect potential electrical hazards & set off an alarm when there’s electricity in the water.

Lake Electrocution Examples

Look out for underwater lights that are not working property, flicker or work intermittently.

Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers are around your pool & lake.

Do not swim during or after thunderstorms.

Use battery-operated appliances instead of cord-connected appliances in and around your pool.

Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the water .