Electrocuted Laurel County man pushed son to safety before dying

bestep@herald-leader.comJuly 1, 2013 


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A Laurel County man who was electrocuted at Lake Cumberland on Sunday got his young son out of harm's way before he died, authorities said.

Kevin Short, 34, of Lily died Sunday after the aluminum ladder he was using to climb out of the lake at a private dock came into contact with a frayed electrical cord, said officer Chris King of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Short and other family members were at the private dock in the Garland Bend area on the south fork of the lake.

The owner had run an extension cord from a nearby house to a light at the dock, said Dan Karriker, a deputy coroner in Pulaski County.

As Short stepped on the ladder to climb onto the dock, his weight pushed the ladder down onto the cord, which had a nick in it, King said.

Short's son was in the water with him. Short was able to hand his son up to his wife on the dock before he was overcome, King said.

Other family members tried to pull Short away from the ladder but received shocks as well, authorities said.

The accident happened about 3:30 p.m.

King said it was his understanding that the Army Corps of Engineers had inspected the dock last year and that the electrical set-up was in compliance.

Short, a National Guard veteran, was a manager at the Wal-Mart distribution center near London, King said.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1.

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