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Man Dies After Being Electrocuted While Cutting Palm Tree

By Victor Westerkamp

A 19-year-old man has died after he was electrocuted while cutting a palm tree in Texas on June 1, Laredo Morning Times reported.

First responders said they found Oscar Vazquez hanging from a palm tree in West Laredo, Texas, after the Laredo Fire Department received a report about a possible electrocution report at the 5400 block of Riverside Drive around 10 a.m.

They used the basket of a ladder truck to take him down. The fire department said Vasquez told the crew he was in full cardiac arrest, according to Laredo Morning Times.

Vasquez was taken to Laredo Medical Center, where he died.

The circumstances surrounding Vazquez’s death are still under investigation.

Man Electrocuted While Using Phone in Bed

In Thailand, a 22-year-old man was found dead in his apartment with his phone in his hands. Authorities believe he was electrocuted while using the phone when it was charging.

The young man who has not been named was in bed when the incident happened, World of Buzz reported.

The man was reportedly waiting in his rented apartment in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province for a relative to arrive for a visit. Five hours after he died, his relative reached his door and broke into the house when no one responded.

The relative then found him dead, with his finger reportedly “burst.”

Woman Electrocuted Trying to Take a ‘Selfie’

On May 9, a woman in Russia who allegedly climbed an electrical transformer to take a selfie burned to death after being electrocuted, The Sun reported.

Witnesses said local police near Kuznetsy, a village approximately 50 miles east of Moscow, were still trying to identify the woman, who’s body had been severely burned, according to the news outlet.

Witnesses said they were unable to stop the woman.

“Most likely she decided that she wouldn’t touch anything and nothing bad would happen,” one witness named Olga said, according to The Sun. “But it is enough only to climb on the transformer structure to get a severe electric shock.”

A phone was found near the scene, The Sun reported.

Police said there have been no reports of women missing in the area that fit the victim’s description, who witnesses said looked between 18 to 24 years old. They have appealed to the public for help identifying the young woman.

Teens Are Electrocuted, Die Trying to Rescue Dog

Two teenage boys who jumped into a Northern California irrigation canal to rescue a dog died when they grabbed onto an electrified bridge on April 2, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Jacob Hourmouzus and Jacob Schneider, both 17, were taken to an area hospital where they later died of their injuries, the Solano County Sheriff’s Department said, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Hourmouzus and Schneider were with two other teenagers walking along the Dixon Irrigation Canal, southwest of Sacramento, when they saw a dog walk over the bridge and jump into the water, according to the news outlet. The teens then jumped into the canal in an attempt to the save the dog.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter near where two teenage boys were electrocuted while trying to rescue a dog from an irrigation canal at an orchard in Dixon, California, on April 1, 2019. (California Highway Patrol/Via AP)

When they tried to pull themselves out of the canal, however, they gripped the bridge and were electrocuted. The other teenage boy then jumped into the water to dislodge the boys from the bridge and pulled them, along with the dog, onto the levee,CBS13 reported.

According to the news outlet, the Solano Irrigation District said the bridge was not supposed to be electrified.

The dog suffered unspecified injuries but survived, according to Fox40.

Epoch Times reporters Venus Upadhayaya and Tom Ozimek and contributed to this report