Surveillance video shows children getting shocked in Florida pool

3 children spent several days in hospital

HIALEAH, Fla. - Newly released surveillance video shows the moments when three children were shocked while swimming in the pool at a South Florida condominium complex.

It happened on April 27 at the Palms West Condominiums at 1950 W. 56th St.

The video shows several people, mostly children, swimming in the shallow end of the pool.

One girl makes her way over to the metal hand rail and when she touches it, her head goes back and she freezes. Her muscles were paralyzed by electricity and she was unable to let go.

Fortunately, there was a man on the steps just a few feet away. He realized something was wrong and tried to grab the child and was briefly shocked, too, but was eventually able to yank the girl out of the water.

As everybody scrambled to get out of the water, nobody realized another child on the steps was also paralyzed by the electrical current. After a few seconds, a man rushed over to the water's edge, risking his own life, and pulled the girl's limp body out of the water.

Inspectors say a total of three children were shocked when the pool pump, which wasn't properly grounded, malfunctioned and electrified the water.

"I was in the pool and then the metal railing, I was swimming close to it and I felt a shock," said Diego Cabrera, 10, the third child who suffered a shock.

All three victims spent four nights in the hospital.

Hialeah city inspectors blame the near tragedy on unpermitted and shoddy electrical work. 

It happened two weeks after Calder Sloan, 7, of North Miami, was electrocuted by the light in his pool. It also wasn't wired correctly. The ground wire wasn't attached to the transformer, and 120 volts of electricity from the home's electrical panel were sent to the pool light.

So far, city records show no official code violations or fines have been issued to the property owners.

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