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Knoxville Electrocution Accident Prompts Safety Checks

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marinas across Middle Tennessee are double checking their safety procedures after two boys were electrocuted in Knoxville on the 4th of July while they were swimming near a houseboat.

"You're constantly walking up and down the piers making sure everyone's cords are in good shape and it's sitting in a good position," says John Hopkins who owns and manages Fate Sanders Marina on Percy Priest Lake.

John spends most of his morning walking the docks at his marina, looking for electrical cable that may have slipped into the water, cables that run from the dock to docked boats to provide them with power.

"This is one of the main things that we have to watch, as far as liability electricity is one of our number one concerns," he adds.

John says that because of the accident in Knoxville he'll be sending out a letter to all of the boaters at his marina reminding them to be extra careful around electricity and the water. He also stresses how important it is for swimmers to stay away from any marina on any lake.

"Electricity and water don't mix."

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