(Leitchfield, KY) – A double drowning Monday, May 20, 2013, at the M & D Marina at Peter Cave, on Rough River Lake, may have been caused by electrocution, according to Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons.
A total of four people and a dog had traveled from Elizabethtown to fish and swim in Peter Cave waters, and as their evening was about the end, two of the men, Kyle McGonigle and Wesley Wilson were swimming from one boat slip to another boat slip attempting to steer the dog out of the waters.
Clemons said Wilson reported that he could feel something in the water that felt like an electrical field when he heard the dog yelp and then heard McGonigle yell out twice, with a yell of concern.
Wilson then reported that the dog and McGonigle both slipped under the water.
McGonigle and the dog were swimming closer to the houseboat then Wilson, according to Clemons.
The Leitchfield Fire Department was called to the scene for a search and rescue mission at 8:24 p.m. Deputy Coroner and Fireman Howard Tomes said they were able to recover the bodies within the hour.
McGonigle’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, but preliminary cause of death is drowning, according to Tomes.
Clemons said the houseboat that McGonigle was swimming near had an extension cord plugged into an electrical pedestal on the boat dock. Two power cords were plugged in together and the point where the two cords connected had slipped into the water, according to Clemons, who said it would not have been an issue if the cords had been waterproof marine cords.
Clemons said the electrical inspector was on-scene and inspected all of the pedestals.
Clemons said water is a conductor of electricity and there was not enough current to kick the ground fault on the pedestal.
The houseboat is owned by an Indiana man who was in Indiana at the time of the incident.
The other three were cited to court for Alcohol Intoxication.
Final findings from the state medical examiner’s office will have a final ruling within days, according to Clemons.
The incident is under investigation at this time by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Dept.