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Tragedy: Young girl dies from electrocution in Toms River while using inflatable raft in lagoon

A young girl tragically died in Toms River after being electrocuted in a lagoon, police said today.

Shortly after 8 PM last night, a 911 call was placed reporting the possible electrocution of a young girl. Within minutes Police and Toms River EMS units arrived at the home and took over CPR that was begun by adults who were at the home. The first responders utilized an Automated External Defibrillator, AED, and transported the child to Community Medical Center in Toms River where she passed away later in the evening.

“Initial reports are that the child and her two friends were using an inflatable raft and swimming in the lagoon behind the home,” police said. “The girls were wearing lifejackets and in the presence of adults. Two of the girls touched the rail to a metal boat lift and electric current appears to have energized the equipment causing the injury.”

The child is a resident of Newark, New Jersey, and was visiting friends in Toms River. The two other juvenile girls that accompanied her were evaluated at the scene and determined to not be injured.

The incident is under investigation by Toms River Police Detectives Louis Santora and James Carey. Also participating are Ocean County Prosecutors Office Detective Woodfield and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department C.S.I. Sergeant Deleeuw and Officer Menke.

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