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Apprentice Lineman Fatally Electrocuted

June 4, 2007 — Raymond Christian, an apprentice lineman with the V.I. Water and Power Authority, was fatally electrocuted Monday morning while performing work in the Estate Judith Fancy area.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to a news release from WAPA, which has launched a full investigation.
“Mr. Christian, 20 yeas old, was employed by WAPA in October of 2006 and immediately became a very beloved member of the WAPA family,” the release said.
Christian joined WAPA after completing the electrician-training program at St. Croix Educational Complex. He graduated in the class of 2005.
“He was an apprentice, learning the job,” said WAPA spokeswoman Cassandra Dunn. “He was a valued employee, a good learner and we saw a lot of potential in him. It’s just a terrible tragedy and waste. We are committed to being there for the family.”
WAPA has not yet determined how the accident occurred.
“It should not have been a live line,” Dunn said. “This is being investigated. We take careful precautions, and much of the linemen’s training focuses on safety. In this work there are many unknowns, and they are taught working safely is paramount. But sometimes an unknown happens.”
Nellon Bowry, WAPA interim director, has expressed condolences.
“Our heart goes out to Raymond’s family and friends,” Bowry said. “They will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
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