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UPDATE: Ashland siblings electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 | 7:15 p.m. CDT; updated 3:48 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Two Ashland siblings were electrocuted Wednesday afternoon while swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Alexandra Anderson, 13, and Brayden Anderson, 8, were swimming near a private dock at the 6.5 mile marker in the Gravois Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, according to Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

At 12:05 p.m., the children received an electrical shock.

Two nearby adults heard the children scream and entered the water to remove them, Reinsch said. The adults attempted to resuscitate them by performing CPR before emergency medical services arrived.

Both children were pronounced dead after being transported to the Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.

The source of the electrical shock was unknown as of Wednesday evening.

Reinsch said that the shock could have come from a number of sources, including underwater wiring for pumps and lighting. The dock that the children were swimming at had a slide that would have needed underwater wiring, Reinsch said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not have additional information about similar incidents at the Lake of the Ozarks, Reinsch said. A similar incident also occurred Wednesday afternoon at a Tennessee lake, which left a 10-year-old boy dead and an 11-year-old boy injured.

Dock owners can help prevent electrical shocks by checking the wiring at their docks on a regular basis, Reinsch said.

Reinsch said he is unsure as to whether the parents of the Anderson children own the dock and how long the children were in the water before they received an electrical shock.

The deaths are being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Operations Division and the Division of Drug and Crime Control. Reinsch said more information will be available Thursday morning.


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