Safety first: Boating season is quickly approaching
Boaters spending time in fresh water should pay particular attention to electricity that services boats, docks and marinas. If the electric service has not been installed or maintained properly, a swimmer may be at risk of electric shock drowning.
Electric shock drowning can occur when a typically low-level alternating current passes through the body while immersed in fresh water. The force can cause skeletal muscular paralysis, which may lead to drowning. This shock can happen in any natural water, but becomes fatal in fresh water due to lower water conductivity.
Care should be taken for anyone swimming near a freshwater dock, marina or boat that has electrical service or an external power source. If possible, have the electric service to the dock checked and tested by a licensed electrician.