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Colorado teen dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake

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Colorado teen dies after jumping into electrified Virginia lake


A Colorado teen died after he jumped into an electrified lake while celebrating on the 4th of July, according to reports.

Jesse Hamric, 18, dove into the water at Smith Mountain Lake outside Roanoke, Virginia, early Thursday morning, when friends immediately noticed something was wrong.

The friends jumped in after Hamric and felt themselves getting shocked upon entering the water. Despite their own injuries, they were able to pull Hamric out, according to WDBJ.

One of the friends began CPR on Hamric while another called for help.


Jesse Hamric, 18, died on Thursday after being electrocuted in a Virginia lake. It is being investigated as an accident.
Jesse Hamric, 18, died on Thursday after being electrocuted in a Virginia lake. His death is being investigated as an accident. TikTok

Rescue crews arrived at around 4 a.m. and rushed Hamric to a hospital, where he later died. His two friends suffered minor injuries.

An investigation by fire crews detected electrical currents in the water where the teen died, and police determined it was caused by stray voltage spreading from a dock at a nearby private residence.

No foul play is suspected in the death.

A native of Steamboat Springs, Hamric had been visiting friends with his family at the time of the freak accident.


Hamric had just graduated from High School in May. He was known for being an exceptional baseball and football player.
Hamric had just graduated from High School in May. He was known for being an exceptional baseball and football player. GoFundMe

He had just graduated from high school in May, where he excelled on the football and baseball teams.

“Ever since I first met that kid, I mean, he’s like one of a kind,” friend Alex Schwab told KDVR. “You see him and you just, like, he always has a smile on his face.”

“Still can’t even like process it. I’m so upset by it,” he added.



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