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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steve S, Jul 14, 2020.
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.
So sad, swimming around docks is so dangerous.
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.
yes, I am an electrician, well aware of the dangers, and also the shoddy electrical work I have seen traditionally around docks
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.
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.
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 ???
Devices like this can detect the issue:
Yes ...this one has been around for a few years....there is another out there too but not common
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.
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...
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.