Father dies saving daughter from electrocution in pool in Palm Springs, California – TomoNews
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA — A father died Easter Sunday while trying to save his 9-year-old daughter from being electrocuted in a pool.
Police responded to a home in the 2300 block of Yosemite Drive in the Indian Canyons neighborhood in Palm Springs, California, after a caller reported that people were “turning blue after jumping into the pool.”
According to police, a family had gathered for Easter when several members decided to go for a dip in the pool. Jim Tramel, 43, noticed his eldest daughter was being shocked to death in the water. Police believe Tramel jumped in after to save her.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel found relatives performing CPR on Tramel and the 9-year-old girl.
Shortly after, Tramel was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center. His daughter remains in critical condition at Loma Linda Medical Center.
Police are currently investigating the incident, but believe the electric shocks may have been a result of faulty pool wiring.
Five other people were also shocked in the pool, but as they were farther away from the faulty equipment, their injuries were not as severe.
Tramel’s wife Kim, 45, and their 6-year-old son and younger 8-year-old daughter along with another 6-year-old girl were taken to hospital for their injuries on Sunday but have since been released. A 10-year-old girl remains at Loma Linda Medical Center in stable condition.
A GoFundMe account has been set up in memoriam of Tramel by his colleague, founder and CEO of RevJet, Mitchell Weisman. The account has raised over $100,000 toward a stipend for the family to be used by Tramel’s wife for “the welfare and education of her children, and/or as one or more donation(s) to some deserving non-profit(s) of her choice.”
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