Neighbor re-lives lake rescue attempt
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:07:13 GMT —
Authorities blame improper wiring for the deaths of two children at the Lake of the Ozarks on the 4th of July holiday.
Alexandra Anderson, 13, and her brother Brayden, 8, of Ashland, were swimming near a private a dock when electricity traveled into the water.
Next door neighbor Dean Foth could feel the electricity surrounding his body when he dove into the water.
Dean Foth said, â??When I came around the end of the dock and got about half way to theirs, I noticed that there was an electrical current in the water. I was being shocked by the alternating current. I could feel it pulsing. She was feeling the same thing, but didnâ??t know what it was.â??
Foth pulled the two Anderson children from the Lake of the Ozarks after he heard their screams. His wife Debbie watched Foth and three other people perform CPR until medical crews arrived, but the children were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Dean Foth said, â??Unfortunately, I guess I didnâ??t do enough. Thatâ??s about all I could do. Iâ??m sorry, I just canâ??t do it.â??
Authorities said Alexandra and Brayden Anderson died because their dock didnâ??t have a ground fault interrupter. Thatâ??s a device that monitors electric current and automatically turns off the power if thereâ??s a problem. Authorities said the electricity could have come from several sources, including a boat lift or a pump used to power a water slide.
The Foths said at the time of the tragedy they were so overwhelmed, it didnâ??t seem real. It was like a nightmare. Now, they said this bad dream is ten times worse because reality has sunk in. Debbie Foth knows her husband did everything he could to save the Anderson children.
Debbie Foth said, â??I just feel that my husband is a hero. He just took control of the whole situation.â??
Authorities said this tragedy should remind every dock owner to check their underwater electrical lines.
MO State Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said, â??Weâ??re encouraging everyone to have their boats docks professional checked by an electrician to ensure that this tragedy doesnâ??t happen again.â??
The Foths said this tragedy will stay with them forever.
Dean Foth said, â??I canâ??t imagine what the Andersons are going through. Itâ??s one thing if itâ??s an adult, but two children make it worse.â??
Also on the 4th of July, a ten-year-old boy was killed and another boy was seriously injured in a similar accident in Knoxville, Tennesee.