Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:16 PM by Christine Wendel
Updated: Jul 10, 2012 12:37 AM
LAKE OZARK - With three electrocutions in a span of five days, public officials are looking to educate the public about dock safety. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, fire officials, and Ameren representatives will meet Tuesday to discuss the best way to inform people. All three deaths have resulted from improperly wired docks.
On Saturday, a third victim died from electrocution at the Lake of the Ozarks. Jennifer Lankford of Hazelwood, Missouri was electrocuted after touching a poorly wired dock while swimming in Dry Branch Cove. Five days earlier, Alexandra and Brayden Anderson died while swimming on the Fourth of July. Both incidents took place in Morgan County, where regular dock inspections are not mandatory.
Sergeant Paul Reinsch of Missouri State Highway Patrol said his troop will meet with Ameren and local fire officials tomorrow to come up with a plan to educate the public about dock safety.
Reinsch also said that if individuals are swimming and feel a tingling sensation, they should swim away from any dock near them.