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Businessman dies after electric shock from boat’s shower

A businessman from the Cotswolds has died after receiving an electric shock from a faulty shower on board his yacht.

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Alec Lawless, 53, was on holiday in Turkey with his partner Denise Taylor when he was killed after taking a shower – local media in Turkey have reported that the wiring in the shower was faulty.

Mr Lawless died on 26 March, according to reports. Investigations are taking place in Fethiye, where Mr Lawless died – and the Gloucestershire coroner has been informed. Mr Lawless was buried in Bristol.

Even low voltages can kill if electrical equipment is faulty and comes into contact with water. The shock can cause cardiac arrest, although it is not known how Mr Lawless died.

Any electrical equipment which is not earthed properly can also give off an electrical shock, which may potentially fatal.

Mr Lawless was known as a perfumier and also put on display a copy of a famous Roman mosaic, the Woodchester Pavement, which is buried in Gloucestershire.

Authorities in Fethiye are currently preparing a report for the Gloucestershire coroner. An inquest has been opened and adjourned – a further date is to be set.

Dated: 02/05/2012

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