A dad was electrocuted while trying to save his daughter in a pool. The California tech executive died Sunday from the electrocution, which firefighters say was likely caused by “faulty pool wires,” while injuring five others.
Jim Tramel, 43, of Burlingame, California, saw his 9-year-old daughter struggling in the pool at a home in Palm Springs during a family gathering and leaped in to save her, according to AOL. Tramel was electrocuted as well, and both father and daughter had to be pulled from the pool by others at the gathering.
The electrocutions likely occurred “as a result of faulty pool wires,” police said. When paramedics arrived, father and daughter were receiving CPR, police said. Tramel was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center a short time later. His daughter was said to be in critical condition at Loma Linda Medical University.
Also electrocuted were five other people, though not as severely. Tramel, who most recently worked in sales at RevJet in San Carlos, was remembered as a kind, loving and gregarious man.
“He could walk into any room, everyone was excited to meet him. I don’t think he ever met anyone he didn’t consider a friend,” one friend said.
“We are, in a word, heartbroken,” wrote Mitchell Weisman, founder and CEO of San Carlos-based tech firm RevJet, where Tramel worked as a vice president of sales.
“Jim’s lovely wife Kim and their children now face the future without a husband and without a father,” he continued. “Even worse, at this very moment, Jim’s oldest child remains in intensive care, fighting for her life. Please pray with us for her survival and recovery.”
Police said all seven victims were rushed to area hospitals. Tramel was pronounced dead Sunday at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs from the incident while trying to save his daughter in the water. The daughter was listed in critical condition Monday at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The Tramels left their Hillsborough home last week for Palm Springs, where they have a vacation home and planned to spend time with family and friends.
Weisman has created a GoFundMe page for Tramel’s family. The page has raised almost $116,000 so far. The goal is to raise $150,000, which will be used as a stipend for Tramel’s children, according to Weisman.