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Adults and children swimming in marinas are prone to electric shock drowning

Two recent electric shock drowning deaths in Ohio and New Jersey are raising awareness for people in our state.

Experts say electric shock drowning is when electricity enters the water and causes an electric shock from the wiring of the dock or marina.

Officers with Nebraska Game and Parks say parents should especially be aware of this as children swimming in the marina can potentially fall victim to this.

Plus those jumping off docks are breaking the law.

"It's actually illegal to swim within 20 yards of any boat dock or boat ramp," said Nebraska Game and Parks Conservation Officer Daryl Teter.

Docks and boats carry sources of electricity, and faulty wiring can cause the surrounding water to become energized.

"Electricity is kind of like carbon monoxide. You can't see it, you can't taste it, but you can feel the effects of it," Teter said.

Many call electric shock drowning a silent killer as it has taken the lives of many across the country.

Those who get shocked often get their muscles paralyzed and can't scream for help.

Teter says if you witness this, don’t enter the water as you could become a victim too.

"Anytime you're responding to, any type of incident where you don't know exactly what's going on, first thing you need to do is survey and find out if there's anything that can harm you," Teter said.

To prevent this, the best thing you and your family can do is never swim around boats and docks that use electricity.

For more information on electric shock drowning visit esfi.org.

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