A father who jumped into a pool to save his 9-year-old daughter, as she was being electrocuted, has died after being electrocuted himself. Jim Tramel saw his daughter in the pool and he could see she was in distress. The girl was struggling and turning blue, so without any thought as to what could be causing this he jumped into the water, which was unbeknownst to him charged with electricity. This move saved his daughter, but ended his life.
According to AOL News on March 30, faulty wiring was electrocuting Tramel’s young daughter along with others in the pool at the time. The other people at this family gathering got Tramel and his daughter out of the water. Tramel’s daughter remains in critical condition at an area hospital.
Faulty wiring in a pool light is believed to be the source of the pool water charged with electricity. Five other people including a 45-year-old woman, and four children were also electrocuted, but not to the severity of Tramel and his daughter. The woman and two of the kids were treated and released at the hospital.
Officials explained why Tramel was fatally electrocuted and his daughter severely injured while the others in the pool basically felt a shock and then able to walk away. The other people were further away from the faulty light, which would explain why their cases were not as severe as Tramel and his daughter who were much closer to the source of electricity in the water.
People Magazine reports Tramel, who was 43 and hails from Burlingame, California, was at a gathering at a home in Palm Springs with his family when he saw his daughter in distress in the pool. After the others at this gathering pulled the father and daughter out of the water, paramedics arrived.
Folks at the scene were already giving the father an daughter CPR before the first responders arrived. Tramel was transported to the hospital, but pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center shortly after arriving. His daughter is in critical condition at Loma Linda Medical University, according to the latest reports.