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Rescuers warn of electric shock drowning threat

Colton Shone
June 22, 2018 11:16 AM

Lakes carry a danger many people don’t know about, the possibility of electric shock drowning.

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Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue has purchased detectors to prevent a tragedy.

"In some of the docks that I have checked there have been some stray voltage coming into the water, typically off of the boat lifts and it has to do with how the docks - the power on the dock is grounded," said volunteer Neil Harrington.

He says these cases only require minor fixes.

Karl Martine, with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, says many of the docks around the lake were wired more than 50 years ago. He says they need to be updated to meet code. It’s a process that takes a professional.

"Have someone from a licensed firm come and look at the wiring scheme around their docks and any electrical current, and there are a lot of outlets that are buried that go from a residence to the water or near the water," Martine said.

Rescue crews encourage lake residents to buy an electrical detector and keep metal boat lifts out of the water.

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