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Teens in Honor Killing Were Electrocuted: Authorities

The 15-year-old and 17-year-old had sought to elope

(Newser) - Authorities believe a teen couple murdered last month in Pakistan was killed by electrocution—an extremely rare method of death in so-called honor killings, the BBC reports. The bodies of a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy were exhumed from a grave site in Karachi, and a postmortem examination was conducted... More »

Grieving Houston Mom Warns of Danger Lurking in Water

Her son was electrocuted wading through floodwaters to rescue his sister's cat

(Newser) - The family of a former Eagle Scout is mourning his Tuesday death in Houston and warning others of an often-unseen danger in the floodwaters spurred by Harvey . Andrew Pasek, said to be in his mid-20s, was electrocuted in the Bear Creek subdivision after he and a friend braved water-filled streets... More »

2 Eagle Scouts Dead in Sailing Electrocution

Another boy, 11, is hospitalized in Texas

(Newser) - Two Eagle Scouts were fatally electrocuted over the weekend while teaching a younger Boy Scout how to sail. Authorities in East Texas say the mast of their catamaran apparently struck a power line on a lake Saturday afternoon, reports NBC News . The older boys, ages 16, and 18, were found... More »

Parents Release Photo Taken by Teen Electrocuted in Tub

Her final message showed phone extension cord

(Newser) - The last message sent by 14-year-old Madison Coe before she was electrocuted in the bathtub shows the tragic mistake that killed her. "When you use and (sic) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you're in the bath," the teen from Lovington, NM, wrote... More »

Teen Electrocuted While Using Cellphone in Bath

Madison Coe was 14

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of Lovington, NM, where a 14-year-old girl died while using her cellphone in the bathtub. KCBD reports it's unclear exactly how Madison Coe was electrocuted: It may have occurred as she was plugging the phone into a bathroom outlet or in the course of reaching... More »

3 Kids, 2 Adults Electrocuted in Water Park Pool

Authorities are investigating how Turkey accident happened

(Newser) - Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, died Friday after being electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey, Turkish media reports said. The three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency... More »

Teen Jumps Into Lake, Is Killed by Electric Current

Evan Currie was trying to save his father and the family dog

(Newser) - A college student in Ohio is dead after he jumped into Lake Erie to save his struggling father and family dog, reports the Cincinnati Inquirer . Evan Currie's death wasn't a straight-forward case of drowning, however—he was also electrocuted. Authorities say the family had just plugged in their... More »

Freak Lagoon Accident Electrocutes 11-Year-Old Girl

She died while swimming and playing on an inflatable raft

(Newser) - Life vest, check. Adult supervision, check. She should have been safe, but a freak accident in a New Jersey lagoon took the life of an 11-year-old girl over the weekend. Police say the girl was electrocuted while swimming and playing on an inflatable raft behind a friend’s home in... More »

After Electrocution Death, Coroner Says iPhones Should Carry Warning

British man dropped his in the tub

(Newser) - Dropping a phone in the bath while it is charging can be as deadly as chucking a plugged-in hairdryer in there, a coroner warned during an inquest into the death of a British man last December. Richard Bull, 32, was apparently using his iPhone in the bath when it slipped... More »

Man Electrocuted While on Cell Phone

The 27-year-old victim was listening to music while his phone charged

(Newser) - A man in India was electrocuted while listening to music on his charging cell phone, the Hindustan Times reports. Police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh identified the victim as Sunil Yuvne. They said the 27-year-old suffered shocks on Saturday morning likely from an earphone attached to his mobile... More »

Teen Electrocuted While Trying YouTube Experiment

15-year-old boy was apparently trying to make a 'Jacob's Ladder'

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy died Tuesday night, apparently while attempting to recreate something he saw on YouTube, WKYC reports. Police say Morgan Wojciechowski was trying to make a "Jacob's Ladder," in which a high-voltage spark of electricity travels between two wires parallel to one another and climbs... More »

Man Tried to Electrocute Dad on Thanksgiving: Cops

The older man reportedly passed out briefly

(Newser) - A central Florida man is accused of trying to electrocute his father after finding out he was the sole beneficiary of the elderly man's will. Ormond Beach police said Monday that 81-year-old John Knudsen told them his 44-year-old son, also named John Knudsen, held two black wires to his... More »

Haiti Carnival Horror: Electrocution, Death

Revelers on music group's float were killed by power line

(Newser) - Horror in the Haitian capital this morning, where by the AP's count at least 20 people on a music group's packed Carnival float were killed when they were electrocuted by a power line; the BBC puts the death toll at 18, and CNN reports a dozen are confirmed... More »

Rock Singer Electrocuted on Stage, Dies

Faulty wiring blamed in death of Agustín Briolini in Argentina

(Newser) - A 21-year-old singer for a promising Argentine rock band is dead after being electrocuted on stage. Agustín Briolini of the group Krebs suffered the shock as he stepped toward a microphone, and faulty wiring is getting the early blame, reports the Daily Mail . Though accounts differ, the accident appears... More »

Train Surfer Electrocuted, Catches Fire

21-year-old man dead after Conn. accident

(Newser) - When a Metro-North commuter train lost power early yesterday in Connecticut, it didn't take much to spot the cause: MTA "workers found Brian McClellen, 21, of Ohio, on top of the train and on fire," reports NBC . Rescuers had to use a fire extinguisher to put out... More »

Woman Killed by ... Phone Charger

Sheryl Aldeguer electrocuted by faulty charger in April

(Newser) - A mother of two has died in Australia thanks to a $4.95 phone charger. Authorities say Sheryl Anne Aldeguer, 28, was talking on the phone, plugged into a cheap charger that failed to meet Australian safety rules, when she was electrocuted with 240 volts and died instantly. The Filipino... More »

Man Electrocuted While Taking Facebook Photos

California resident died after snapping pics in family's tree

(Newser) - A California man met a tragic end over the weekend when he climbed a tree to take photos of the sunset and electrocuted himself. David Strohm Jr., 27, climbed a tree in his parents' backyard Saturday in Tustin, Calif., snapped the sunset pics, and posted one on Facebook shortly after... More »

Detroit Teen Uses Wood to Knock Friend Off Live Wire

Boy brushed against wire from downed power line

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Detroit boy thought fast when his friend was nearly electrocuted this morning: He used a piece of wood to knock the 14-year-old off the live wire, and may have saved his friend's life—while remaining unharmed himself. The boys were walking home from school, which was closed... More »

Woman Dead After iPhone Zap: Family

Apple looking into China death; unlikely phone is to blame

(Newser) - The family of a 23-year-old Chinese woman says she was electrocuted when she answered her charging iPhone. The story has prompted an investigation into the death by Apple as it makes waves on Chinese social media, the Wall Street Journal reports. A local official says Ma Ailun's "neck... More »

Man Electrocuted on NYC Subway Tracks

Friend couldn't save Matthew Zeno, 30

(Newser) - Those warnings about the third rail are no joke. After a night out, a man was walking along the subway tracks in Brooklyn when he "inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted," per the NYPD as reported by Gothamist . The New York Daily News takes... More »

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