“He had the forethought to shove the kid past the ladder,” said Godbey of Short. “(The child) didn’t touch it.”
Godbey said the cause of death was ruled low-voltage electrocution, enough to stop Short’s heart.
Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson described the incident as a “freak accident.”
Despite the rarity of this type of accident — “It’s the first time it’s happened that I know of,” said the coroner — Godbey did warn others to be careful with how they handle electronics around water.
“It’s never a good thing to have anything plugged up on a dock,” he said. “I know they use those fish finders, but when you’re done, you need to pack up your stuff and move it out of the way.”