RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A teenage lifeguard found dead in a North Carolina pool Saturday afternoon drowned after entering the electrified water, an autopsy said.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said it appears that Rachel Rosoff, 17, was shocked by the pool and fell into the water and drowned.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison that crews responded to a call at 2:30 p.m. about an electrocution and possible drowning. Authorities said Rosoff was found dead in the pool and pulled from the water.
“Just got here for my shift, the girl that was here this morning is in the pool. I can’t get in to get her. The pool water seems to be electrified,” a caller told 911 dispatch. “She’s floating face down in the middle of the pool and I can’t get her.”
In that same recording, the caller said they attempted to jump in the pool after Rosoff. But the caller said they felt “a shock run through me.”
On Monday afternoon, Wake County, NC officials released preliminary autopsy reports that confirmed Rosoff died after entering electrified water.
“The preliminary autopsy results are consistent with the decedent entering the pool that had an electrical charge that may have rendered the decedent unconscious apparently leading to drowning,” Wake County officials said in a release.
It was not clear what caused the water to carry an electrical charge.
A friend said Rosoff was a lifeguard at the pool. According to Rosoff’s Facebook page, she was an employee of the Aquatic Management Group based in Raleigh. A representative there also confirmed that Rosoff died on Saturday.
AMG released the following statement: “We are shaken by the loss of such a vibrant young life. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family in this time of unfathomable grief. We are cooperating with investigators in every possible way and are hopeful that the investigation may provide an explanation for this tragedy.”
There have been 14 pool electrocution deaths in the United States since 2003.