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Palm Springs Police Department
Monday March 28th, 2016 :: 03:54 p.m. PDT


Pool Electrocution Incident

On 3/27/16 at approximately 4:00 PM, Palm Springs Police Officers and Palm Springs Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of Yosemite Drive in reference to people turning blue after jumping into the pool. When officers arrived, two people, a 42 year old male and 9 year old female were receiving CPR from other people at the residence. PSPD and PSFD personnel discovered that a total of 7 people at the residence who were inside the pool had been electrocuted in the pool. PSPD and PSFD believe the electrocution occurred as a result of faulty pool wires. 

PSPD and PSFD personnel learned that a 42 year old male jumped into the pool after discovering the 9 year old victim in distress in the pool. The 42 year old male was also electrocuted and both had to be pulled from the pool. Other children were in the pool but far enough away from the faulty equipment that they were able to get out of the pool safely.

All 7 victims were transported to Desert Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda Medical University. A 42 year old male was pronounced deceased at Desert Regional Medical Center and a 9 year old female is in critical condition at Loma Linda Medical University.

4 of the victims were treated and released. The 5th victim,  a 10 year old female is also being treated at Loma Linda Medical Center and is in stable condition.

To recap:


42 year old male - Deceased

45 year old female - Treated and released

6 year old male - Treated and released

6 year old female - Treated and released

9 year old female - Critical Condition at Loma Linda Medical University

10 year old female - Stable - Loma Linda Medical University

8 year old female - Treated and Released

The Palm Springs Police Department is encouraging people to check their pools for faulty pool equipment and corrosive wires regularly. Contact a local pool professional to have your pool inspected especially after a long period of non-use.

Palm Springs Police Department
200 S Civic Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Emergency: 9-1-1

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