Sad. Another electric shock drowning

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steve S, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
  2. Jus the two of us

    Jus the two of us Active Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    United States Lake Cumberland
    1998 Sundancer 450
    2009 Sundancer 55
    3116 Cats
    MAN 900
    We see people swimming in the marina in Cumberland. House Boat people that never take there boat out swim and use the slides with the kids. Not only the electrical shock chance all there so called treated waste dumps out right where they swim. It is very sad.
  3. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    So sad, swimming around docks is so dangerous.
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  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'd bet that people swim near docks because they've never heard of the dangers of Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD). Very few people have ever heard of or are aware of ESD. Sad indeed.
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  5. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    yes, I am an electrician, well aware of the dangers, and also the shoddy electrical work I have seen traditionally around docks
  6. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    Is there a meter or test you can use to probe the water around you? My slipmates wife jumped in last weekend to clear grass from under her jetski. I almost yelled at her. Neither knew about this potential problem.
  7. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 11, 2013
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    A couple years ago I was docked in a N.WI marina. The same marina has a small campground. About eight 4th of July partiers decide they're going to jump off the back wall of this marina. As they lined up I shouted, "I wouldn't do that! - See all this power around you and yellow cords hanging from boats?" I got a couple of weird looks but they left. I told them they could jump off the sea wall where a lot of people go to jump anyway. The water isn't as stagnant there either.

    I read that article yesterday. Sad deal. In reality, I probably wouldn't know about ESD if I wasn't a boater.
  8. aerobat77

    aerobat77 Active Member

    Aug 12, 2014
    2006 240 DA Sundancer
    5.0 MPI / Bravo III
    yes , from the bathing platform put your finger into the water . if the flaccid turns into a shaking boner you have electricity in the water .

    seriously : so sad to hear this senseless loss of lives , but hell - are the land docking stations in usa NOT fi switch protected ???

    how can this happen without blowing the fuses ???
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2020
  9. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
  10. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Yes ...this one has been around for a few years....there is another out there too but not common
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  11. Soulshine

    Soulshine Active Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    A guy a few docks down from me stepped into shallow water behind his boat to change a prop recently.

    I walked over and flipped off his pedestal breaker. He asked me why and when I told him he looked like he didn’t believe me.

    Later that night we walked over to the fire after doing some research and thanked me. He’d been boating for 30 years and never heard of this risk.

    There are ‘No Swimming” signs everywhere but no posted reason. The risk of electrocution should be a mandatory part of the signage.
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  12. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    We took an amp probe meter to every shore cord on our dock. The amp probe should read zero, because whatever is going out on the Hot, should be coming back on the neutral or ground (fault)

    One house boat had one amp showing. So it had to be going somewhere (through the water?). He traced it down and someone had reversed some wires on a circuit. Once he switched the wires, it is zero.... had another boat, they never figured out....

    Our marina has signs everywhere, no swimming from or around the dock...
  13. Leardriver

    Leardriver Active Member

    May 24, 2016
    Denver, CO
    2004 270 Sundeck 8.1 Bravo III
    5.0, 5.7, 6.2 8.1 Bravo III over the years
    Horrible news. I pay attention to Lake Pleasant because it is mussel positive, and lots of boaters from there come to lakes that I use.

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