13-year-old boy shimmies up power pole, electric shocked

HILDALE — Life Flight transported to the hospital a 13-year-old boy from the area of mile marker 6 on state Route 59 in Washington County late Saturday afternoon after he was electrocuted, Hildale Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said, and then fell onto a fence. (See ed. clarification.)

Around 5 p.m., a boy was reportedly dared by his friends to climb a power pole to retrieve a rubber snubber that had been thrown and had landed near a transformer, Hildale Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said. Upon accepting the dare, the boy shimmied up the power pole, Barlow said. While he was attempting to retrieve the object, the boy came in contact with a live wire.

The wire severely burned the boy and the electric shock caused him to fall from the pole and land on a fence. The voltage of the line is 7,200 volts, Barlow said.

Hildale Fire Department and Life Flight air transport responded to the boy’s aid. Life Flight transported the boy to Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. CLARIFICATIONS:  The correct verb is shinny, not shimmy.  Though reported as electrocuted, the word more often denotes death, which is not the case. Both words have been corrected and or amended both in the headline and report for clarity; quoted material stands as spoken.

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32 Comments

  • Billy October 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Boys will be boys. I pray he is ok and have no lasting effects.

  • Bobber October 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    That’s lots of volts…

  • laytonian October 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    So those other boys….will anyone censure them for being bullies?

    • ladybugavenger October 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Daring someone, isn’t bullying someone…hes 13, 13 year olds may have heard the dangers of such activity but they don’t really know. Now they know for sure..but daring is not bullying…being forced to.stay in polygamy because of threats of what will happen if you try and leave, that’s bullying.

      • laytonian October 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        Actually, yes. It’s bullying. What did they do, call him “chicken”? Why did HE have to go up the pole when the other boys didn’t?
        They DARED him…..and you know it.

        • ladybugavenger October 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

          OK, I’ll address your bullying theory, maybe next time he will stand up to the bully….because this world is full of bullies that you can cower down too or stand up too. You can’t stop the bullies you can only stand up to them (and they will retaliate, but you stand up anyway)

        • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

          LOOK IN THE DICTIONARY GIRLFRIEND
          A DARE IS A CHALLENGE. LADYBUG AVENGER IS RIGHT
          n. noun
          An act of daring; a challenge.

      • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        AMEN SISTER…GREAT POINT

    • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      DO YOU HAVE ANY BRAIN CELLS? A DARE IS NOT CONSIDERED BULLYING.

  • This was a child October 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    A family is hurting, his friends will be traumatized the rest of their lives.

    Let’s see if we can keep the rude heartless comments off of this story.

    • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      AGREED…The story is about a hurt child…nothing else matters they are only details to fill in a story..

  • S. Carter October 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Barlows will be Barlows

    • laytonian October 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      BS. These boys SHOULD be shamed. Now you’re going to tell me that the Boy Scouts who carelessly felled a tree on Highway 12 should have sympathy because a motorcyclist was killed?

      No way. I was raised to have responsibility, not a pity party. These little prigs need to know what it is to be on the other side of a bully…because NO kid would climb that unless he was being bulled or called “chicken”.

      • ladybugavenger October 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        Please, if he climbed it because someone called him a chicken, that is insane.

      • not funny October 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

        laytonian get the stick out of our butt, its not BULLING its dare boys all do that, and those boy scouts did not know about the motorcycle, it was a freak accident get off your high horse

        • Char October 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm

          The boy scouts felled the tree in the wrong direction. All that space and it fell onto the road. Once again,the so-called leaders were remiss in teaching the scouts the correct way to do things. Did the leaders even know how to cut down trees? it was not a freak accident unless the wind picked up to 40 mph and sent the tree flying. It was someone letting unskilled boys do the wrong thing unsupervised.

      • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        OBVIOUSLY YOU DO NOT HAVE BOYS OR IF YOU DO THEY ARE PRISSY LITTLE SISSY BOYS….THIS IS WHAT 13 YEAR OLDS DO CLIMB THINGS.

  • Visiting Anthropologist October 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    A sad story, indeed. Kind of doubt the other boys were bullies…dares are part of growing up. Like others, I’m sending good thoughts to the family and prayers for the boy’s recovery.

    (Note to the editor: You shimmy on the dance floor, you shinny up a pole.)

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic October 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      You know, Visiting Anthropologist, that’s what I was searching for. Now, we were quoting, you understand – but yes, I did pause over that word. Shinny it is. Thank you,
      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Visiting Anthropologist October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        Worked a long time as an editor myself…we never give up the red pencils! Argh…You’re doing a great job…!

  • My Evil Twin October 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    What a shame. But it would be nice to have a bit more information, such as; is this child still alive, or did it kill him? It certainly sounds like it should be fatal, but the way the article is written, leaves a lot of questions!

  • Caligirl October 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Now how did the boy get up there?? Did the city leave the foot pegs in?? I hope he recovers with no lasting injury’s and his friends learn that not every dare is worth the consequence

  • grammar police October 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Editor – you corrected ‘shinny’, but you failed to correct ‘electrocuted’. Electrocution (electro + execution) means that electric shock was fatal.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic October 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Not always, but we will allow the word’s primary meaning is such, grammar police. The report has been amended for clarity, with my editor’s note:

      Ed. CLARIFICATIONS: The correct verb is shinny, not shimmy. Though reported as electrocuted, the word more often denotes death, which is not the case. Both words have been corrected and or amended both in the headline and report for clarity; quoted material stands as spoken.

      Joyce Kuzmanic
      EIC

    • CALI GIRL October 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      WOW DO YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO? PERHAPS DO A CROSSWORD PUZZLE AS YOU ARE NOT COMMENTING ON THE ARTICLE. STOP PICKING ON JOYCE…U BULLY…LOL

  • Reality October 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hey Bobbers Someone dares you and koolaid to either climb the same power pole are jump into the Grandcanyon. I hope for a fast recovery for these boys and their families. As for the two trolles earlier mentione, we’ll make a choice.

  • Bobber October 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I’m no expert, but the word shinnied sounds kind of dumb. Maybe we should just say ‘climbed’ LOL!. Also I read somewhere that being shocked w/ that much power can leave a person permanently retarded. Is that true?

  • My Evil Twin October 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for the clarifications, Joyce!

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic October 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You’re welcome, MET, I’m glad to offer them.
      Joyce
      EIC

  • Zonkerb October 13, 2014 at 3:51 am

    When parents are not around boys will be boys and the bad part is sometimes is somebody gets hurt. Hopefully lesson learned all the way around

  • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) October 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    “felled” I noticed this word on Fox News. So I looked it up. Its a word! Its like “hanged” when used in a certain context. I also noticed KUTV said “chopped-down.” being that they used an ax the tree would have been cut down…right? It did not “felled” Fox News are a bunch of morons. I watch it every Saturday and Sunday to watch the impending train wreck between Kelly Chapman and that Scott dude. So when they used the word “felled” it did not surprise me. Saint George News surprised me in the use of such Utonian grammar. GO FALCONS!

  • concerned October 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Bet your bottom dollar that this was not a dare. These kids work on construction sites from the time they are 8 years old. My guess is he was up on the pole to connect electrical wiring.

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