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Swimming near boat docks can be deadly; tips for avoiding electrocution

Recent fatalities by electrocution are bringing scrutiny to an age-old summer ritual that’s common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Electrocution can happen when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring. Electric shock drowning (ESD) occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes…