One boy killed, another on life support due to faulty wiring on dock
POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:14pm
One boy is dead and another is clinging to life after the pair were electrocuted on a Tennessee lake dock Wednesday.
Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel says 10-year-old Noah Winstead of Morristown died in the electrocution incident Wednesday afternoon on Cherokee Lake.
An 11-year-old boy was resuscitated by emergency responders, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials said.
Layel said the 11-year-old boy was transported via Lifestar to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, where he was on life support Wednesday night.
The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. on Cherokee Lake in Bean Station, at the German Creek Marina.
Officials say the children were swimming between two house boats when the electrocution occurred.
When bystanders tried to rescue them, they were shocked as well.
In all, nine people were transported to the hospital, TWRA and Sheriff Layel said.
That number includes four children and five adults.
An 8-year-old girl was swimming with the boys.
She was injured and taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
A 12-year-old boy was also injured trying to help the children from the water.
Michael Voccola, 58 and Denise Voccola were injured trying to pull the children from the water.
Voccola owns the houseboat that was near the children.
Paramedics took Michael Voccola to Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown, where he spent the night.
Paul Worley said he was temporarily paralyzed as he was trying to rescue one of the victims Wednesday when he became a victim himself.
Travis Lynam, 37, and Kelly Lynam, 35, also were injured.