19-year-old Dublin man dies after being shocked at Put-in-Bay


A 19-year-old from Dublin died over the weekend after being shocked by an electrical current at Put-In-Bay in northern Ohio.

Evan Currie, of Dublin, was boating with his family when they docked at Miller Marina around 6:30 p.m. Friday and connected the boat to shore power.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the family’s dog fell into the water in the Marina, and Evan’s father went in after to help to pet.

The father then began to struggle so his two sons jumped in to help, according to ODNR.

The mother, who was still on board the boat, said bystanders told her to unplug the shore power.

As soon as she did, the electrical current in the water stopped and everyone got back on the boat according to ODNR.

ODNR said 19-year-old Evan Currie, one of the sons who jumped in the water, was unresponsive on the boat.

Family members took him back to the mainland in Port Clinton, where he was pronounced dead.

Hilliard City Schools released a statement Monday morning offering their condolences to the Curries:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Currie Family as they face the unimaginable loss of Evan - a true hero.”

Currie was a recent graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School.

Hilliard City Schools will have counselors available Tuesday and Wednesday at Hilliard Davidson for anyone who may need help coping with the loss.

Currie’s mother said in a statement, “Evan was a joyful, happy young man. He had a bright light that resonated from within. All people wanted to be near him. He had a gentle nature and an infectious smile.”

Visitation for Evan is set for June 21 from 5 – 8 p.m at Tidd Funeral Home in Hilliard. The funeral will be June 22 at 11 a.m. at Indian Run Methodist Church.

ODNR does not know what caused the current in the water and continue to investigate. They direct people to the electric shock drowning organization for more information on ESD and precautions.

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