Siblings from Tennessee Electrocuted in Guatemalan Hotel Swimming Pool
TENNESSEE – According to a story published online at nypost.com, two siblings from Tennessee were electrocuted in a hotel swimming pool in Guatemala. The brother and sister were reportedly visiting the country as part of an academic program, and their family was staying with them for a few days when the incident occurred. The report says that the brother was tragically killed in the accident, and the sister sustained unknown injuries.*
The circumstances of the incident are not completely clear at this time. According to the New York Post, a 19-year-old student at Carson-Newman University, of Jefferson City, Tennessee, and her brother, an 18-year-old incoming student at the college, were in Guatemala for a study program. It is not clear if the program was affiliated with the college.
The report says the siblings’ parents had arrived in the country to take a vacation and sightsee with their children. The family appears to have been staying at a hotel during this time, the name of which was not included in the report. The teens got into a pool at the hotel that reportedly had a live electrical wire in the water. The report states that both teenagers were electrocuted.
The New York Post reports that the brother was tragically killed in the incident. His sister was injured in the incident and taken to a medical facility in Guatemala. The extent of her injuries, as well as her current medical condition were not included in the report.
It is not clear why the live wire was in the pool or what circumstances led up to the tragedy. The incident is under investigation, and no additional details have been released at this time. Charles A. Fowler, the president of Carson-Newman University, said in a statement that the entire campus was sending its prayers to the family.
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