Electric shock may have been a factor in the drowning death of an Alabama teen earlier this month. The 15-year-old girl, of Hartselle, Ala., drowned about 12:45 p.m. while swimming with her family and three other cheerleaders off a boat dock at a residence.
According to a report from Decatur Daily, the girl was pulled from the water by divers about an hour later and pronounced dead.
“My understanding is they jumped off the boat dock and were coming back in when it happened,” Winston County Coroner Larry Gilliland told the Decatur Daily. “It’s been ruled an accidental drowning. We’ll know more about what happened to her once we do an autopsy." Gilliland said electricity was running through the boat dock and investigators are trying to determine if it caused the accident.
Another one of the girls was injured, but is doing well.