Three People Dead From Electrocution Trying To Save Dog
Blackfoot, Idaho - (KIFI-TV) Three people were electrocuted after trying to save a dog in Blackfoot Thursday night.
According to Sheriff David Johnson, 31-year-old Jacquelyn R. Paulson was reported missing just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He says Paulson had left her home in search of the family dog. When she didn't return, a group of neighbors and family began looking for her along with Bingham County Sheriff's Deputies and Search and Rescue.
Johnson says the search ended just before 11:00 p.m. when Paulson and two others plus the family dog were found in an irrigation ditch.
Johnson says Paulson had apparently entered the canal after the dog when the two of them were electrocuted. An irrigation pump in the immediate area apparently shorted out electrifying the water.
The two other victims were 41-year-old Michael Lance Hicks of Blackfoot and 49-year-old Keith Tarpley of Preston.Johnson says they apparently entered the water in an attempt to rescue Paulson, and they, too, were electrocuted.
Power Company responded and shut off all power in the immediate area before rescuers entered the water and recover the bodies.