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Dock builder dies from electric shock

Paramedics worked for more than an hour trying to revive Harold Duncan, 45.

Dunnellon dock builder Harold Duncan died Wednesday afternoon after being electrocuted, despite paramedics' efforts for more than an hour to revive him.

The 45-year-old man, who owns Duncan Docks, had been working on a dock at 11665 Dixie Shores Drive about 1:30 p.m., said Citrus County sheriff's spokeswoman Ronda Hemminger Evan.

According to one report, Duncan was on dry land when he was shocked through a power tool and then fell into a nearby canal.

Others present at the accident scene said they thought Duncan was working in the canal with his power tool cords running through the water when he was shocked.

After several passers-by stopped to help Duncan, paramedics arrived and began trying to revive him.

"I rode with him all the way to the hospital and performed CPR," said Crystal River firefighter Phillip Kofmehl. "We didn't get any pulse or anything."

Duncan was taken to Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal River, where medical personnel there could not revive him.

"It's sad to see," said Richard Beikirch, 68, one of the men who stopped to help Duncan. "You feel bad for him and his family. It's just too bad."

Hospital spokesman Joe Foster said Thursday afternoon the hospital was still trying to notify Duncan's relatives.

Records show Duncan previously was from Indiana. He was listed on his license as living at 1525 W Evergreen Drive.

Duncan's girlfriend, who declined to give her name, also declined comment Wednesday evening. She couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

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