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Worker dies after being electrocuted in North Myrtle Beach

Worker fatally electrocuted in North Myrtle Beach

Coroner Robert Edge explains how a worker was fatally electrocuted while working around a power line at a construction site in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday morning.
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Coroner Robert Edge explains how a worker was fatally electrocuted while working around a power line at a construction site in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday morning.

A man was fatally electrocuted while working around a power line at a construction site in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday morning.

Antunes Dos Santos, 47, of Socastee died in the incident on Hillside Drive North, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. The victim was originally from Brazil.

Dos Santos was standing below a crane holding a wire that touched an electrical source and was electrocuted, said Pat Dowling with the City of North Myrtle Beach. A worker in the bucket of a crane was not injured, he said.

The call came just after 8 a.m. and North Myrtle Beach and Horry County units were dispatched to 807 Hillside Drive N., according to a tweet from Horry County Fire Rescue.

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A worker was fatally electrocuted while working around a power line at a construction site in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday morning. The victim was standing below a crane holding a wire that touched an electrical source and was killed according to authorities. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews.com

Edge said such deaths are rare and that he hadn’t dealt with one like it in about 20 years. He said an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Dowling said workers were in the area rebuilding a home that had burned.

The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.


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