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Swede dead after failed electric fence rescue

The Local/dl · 9 Jan 2012, 08:12

Published: 09 Jan 2012 08:12 GMT+01:00

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The incident took place last Thursday in the northern Thai village of Ban Nhonshoug, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The man, a native of Växjö in south central Sweden, was in Thailand with other family members to return the ashes of his recently deceased Thai wife to her home village following the couple's many years living together in Sweden.

The Swede and a Thai friend were returning home when they came across a dog that had gotten stuck in what appeared to be an ordinary barbed-wire fence.

The friend went over to help free the dog, not realizing, however, that the fence was also electrified.

He was instantly jolted by the electric current running through the fence, prompting the horrified Swede to rush over and attempt to rescue his friend.

But fence's strong current shocked the 47-year-old as well.

In the end, the dog, the 31-year-old Thai, and the Swede were killed in the incident.

A Swedish foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed for Aftonbladet that the 47-year-old died from an electric shock.

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Local police are now investigating why the fence was carrying such a strong electric current.

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Your comments about this article

11:20 January 9, 2012 by hugedingleberry
Thai women can be prickly
11:43 January 9, 2012 by mikewhite
"Local police are now investigating why the fence was carrying such a strong electric current."

I think the high voltage would be a better place to start
13:01 January 9, 2012 by Robkei
@mikewhite - I disagree!

It's the current that kills you not the voltage!
13:54 January 9, 2012 by avatar

but you first need that voltage to carry the high current!
16:01 January 9, 2012 by Svensksmith
On a dare, I peed on an electric fence once when I was a kid. I'll never do that again.
22:30 January 9, 2012 by Da Goat
It only takes 15 milli-amps if the voltage is high enough to punch thru the skin!

this does seem to be a case of murder/manslaughter though as from my reading the electric fence was not a normal one...sounds like an idiot connected the mains directly to the wire .

and another thing it is illegal to electrify barb wire in most of the world!

maybe it was an ordinary fence and someone had run their dodgey old power cord over it run their lights and the frayed wires were touching or a barb had snagged it!

sounds like it was low voltage high current (mains) accident without further info!
23:37 January 9, 2012 by Taketh
Elementary school class: When you someone being electrocuted,

1. Don't touch the person, Otherwise you might also be electrocuted.

2. Make sure there's no water nearby otherwise there might be a more sever electric shock.

3. Get a non-metal object and remove the wire(if there is one)

4. Check breathing and/or heart rate.

Call 112 or 911.....
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