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WV Student Killed, Others Injured from Electrical Shock while Boating

ROANOKE, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bridgeport High School student is dead after a freak accident at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

Fifteen-year old Michael Cunningham drowned at the lake Saturday evening as he was attempting to climb out of the water and onto a boat.   DNR investigators say one teenager had already climbed onto the boat and when Cunningham touched the boat’s ladder he received an electrical shock causing him to fall back into the waters.   He drowned.  

A third teenager, a female, was in the water behind Cunningham and also received the shock. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.  

Authorities recovered Cunningham’s body in 34-feet of water about 9:30 Saturday night.   The cause of the mishap remains under investigation.    Conservation Officers are awaiting the autopsy to determine if it was the shock or drowning that killed the teen.   What caused the electrical shock is still not known.

Story Via WV Metro News

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  1. June 2, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I’ll be very interested to learn what caused this incident.

  2. August 11, 2010 at 2:26 am

    very useful post thanks for sharing

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