Burlingame man dies while saving daughter from electrified swimming pool

A Burlingame tech executive died in Palm Springs on Sunday when he jumped into an electrified swimming pool to save his oldest daughter, who remains in critical condition.

The backyard swimming pool at a residence in the 2300 block of Yosemite Drive was apparently electrified by faulty wiring at about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Palm Springs police.

Six people were in the pool when Jim Tramel, 43, jumped in to save his 9-year-old daughter when he noticed her turning blue. But he was also shocked and they both needed to be pulled from the pool, police said.

When police and firefighters arrived, other people at the home were performing CPR on Tramel and his daughter. Tramel, his daughter and the five other people who were in the pool were all taken to hospitals.

The other five people who were in the pool — including a 6-year-old boy and girl, an 8-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman — were not as close as Tramel and his daughter to the faulty wiring and were not seriously injured, police said.

Tramel was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center at 4:42 p.m., according to the Riverside County coroner’s office. His daughter remains in intensive care at Loma Linda Medical Center.

Tramel was a vice president of sales at digital marketing startup RevJet, according to his LinkedIn profile.

RevJet founder and CEO Mitchell Weisman established a GoFundMe page for Tramel’s family that raised more than $107,000 as of this morning.

“Please help us raise money to be used (or donated) by the family of our beloved colleague Jim Tramel, who died on Easter Sunday in a tragic pool accident while trying to save one of his 3 beautiful children,” Weisman wrote. “We are, in a word, heartbroken.”

The GoFundMe page is at https://www.gofundme.com/jimtramel.

In light of the tragedy, Palm Springs police advised residents to check the wiring in their pools regularly.Bay Area NewsBurlingameelectrificationpool

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