California man dies saving daughter from electrified pool


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday that a father died in Southern California after trying to save his 9-year-old daughter from electrocution in a swimming pool accident on Easter Sunday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1RODbNv ) that the girl and five others were injured in the incident in Palm Springs.

The girl was in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center Wednesday. A 10-year-old girl is in stable condition at the same facility. Everyone else was treated and released, police said.

Police said 43-year-old Jim Tramel of Burlingame, California had to be pulled from the pool Sunday after trying to rescue his daughter.

Tramel was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. He served as the vice president of sales at marketing technology company RevJet.

“Jim’s lovely wife Kim and their children now face the future without a husband, and without a father,” RevJet CEO and founder Mitchell Weisman wrote on a fundraising page set up for the family. “Even worse, at this very moment Jim’s oldest child remains in intensive care, fighting for her life. Please pray with us for her survival and recovery.”

Police received reports that two people turned blue after jumping into a pool and responded to the residential neighborhood around 4 p.m. Sunday. They found people at the home giving Tramel and his 9-year-old daughter CPR, the newspaper reported.

Palm Springs police said it’s believed faulty wiring caused the accident.

Police said the victims described a “tingling feeling” while in the pool. The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet concluded what caused the water to become electrified.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com