Wiring problems eyed in 2 children's electrocution at the Lake of the Ozarks


by Associated Press


Posted on July 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 2:05 PM

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Authorities say improper wiring led to the deaths of two children at the Lake of the Ozarks on the Fourth of July.

Thirteen-year-old Alexandra Anderson and her 8-year-old brother Brayden, of Ashland, were swimming near a private a dock when electricity traveled into the water.

Police say the children were swimming Wednesday near a private dock when they were shocked by electricity just after noon.

KOLR-TV reports several adults at the scene removed the children from the water and performed CPR until medical crews arrived.

The children were taken to an area hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead.

Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says there was no ground fault interrupter to monitor the current and trip the electricity if there was a problem.

He says the electricity could have come from several sources, including a boat lift or a pump used to power a water slide.

Meanwhile, a sheriff in East Tennessee now says one boy swimming in a marina at Cherokee Lake was electrocuted and a second one was revived on a life flight out of the area.

Originally police reported that both boys had been killed.

According to CBS News affiliate WVLT Knoxville, Jeffrey Atkins, Grainger County EMA director, said that four children were swimming between house boats. A woman witnessed two of the children appearing unconscious. As she tried to help, the woman felt a surge and retreated.

Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel tells the station that the boy who died was 10 years old and the revived boy is 11.

The sheriff’s office says it happened around 2:15 p.m. near the German Creek Marina in Bean Station. Police say an additional six to eight people were taken to the hospital in Morristown to be checked out.

The marina has been evacuated as authorities conduct their investigation.