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Electrocution blamed for girl's death in fatal boating accident

The warm weather and end of the school year means that many people will be out enjoying the New Jersey sunshine with their children. While the majority will return home safely after having a good time, it is an unfortunate reality that accidents can happen in a variety of ways. Many will involve injuries and fatalities. Even worse is when these incidents involve defenseless children. When there has been an accident due to negligence, those who were affected need to be aware of their rights and the steps to taking legal action.

An 11-year-old girl died after she was electrocuted while riding a raft with two of her friends. The incident occurred due to a corroded circuit box. The raft hit an unused electric boat lift. The owners of the boat lift believed it was dormant. CPR was performed and emergency personnel utilized an external defibrillator to try and revive her, but it did not work. The children were being supervised by adults when the accident happened. The current owners of the property where the circuit box was located do not have a boat and do not use the dock. Unbeknownst to everyone involved, the box was still active and led to the girl's death.

A fatal boating accident can happen at any time for a multitude of reasons. This includes a collision, a person falling from the boat, being hit by a piece of equipment, or electrocuted. When there is an accident on the water, it is imperative that those who have been affected know what to do in the aftermath. The loss of a loved one is a difficult matter to get beyond, especially when it is a child who was killed. Determining whose negligence led to the accident is the first step to receiving compensation in a legal filing.

In this case, a girl was on a raft with friends and in the presence of adults when she was electrocuted and died. What makes this even more troublesome is that the girl and those supervising her and her friends were taking all the right steps to make sure everyone was safe and the accident still happened. Her family should make certain that they are legally protected by discussing the matter with an experienced attorney to consider a lawsuit.

Source:, "11-year-old girl electrocuted while swimming in New Jersey," Anthony Johnson, June 19, 2017

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