Murray River man severely burned cutting copper wire

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A 74-year-old Murray River man is in critical condition after he was severely burned by 600 volts of electricity Monday as he was cutting wires.

Staff Sgt. Dave Thibeau said the incident occurred at the old Mariner's Seafood building in Murray Harbour.

RCMP were called by the Fire Marshal's Office to investigate an incident. The Murray River man was apparently gathering scrap metal and cutting wires in an abandoned building when one of the wires cut was still a live wire.

While police aren't coming right out saying the man was stealing wire, the investigation has led them to believe he wasn't supposed to be there.

"He certainly didn't have permission to be there to cut the wire, and he was cutting wire,'' Thibeau told The Guardian.

The male received severe burns and was transported by Island EMS to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and then transported to Halifax where he remains in critical condition.

The RCMP issued a news release on Wednesday, stating that "this unfortunate incident brings to light the dangers of cutting and taking wires from property that you do not own. There have been numerous reports over the last few years of copper pipes and wires being stolen for scrap metal. 

"Not only is this a crime, but the event this week proves that it can also be very dangerous, as in this case live wiring may be present.''

First Responders and Maritime Electric employees who attend these situations are also placed in danger, the RCMP release stated.

The incident is under investigation and charges may be considered.

Organizations: RCMP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Murray River, Fire Marshall, Halifax King

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  • Observer
    August 14, 2014 - 09:48

    There is a difference between "abandoned" and "vacant", and if the power was still live, then it cannot be considered "abandoned". But either way, the guy had NO RIGHT to be there. "Gathering scrap metal and cutting wires"? No. That's not what her was doing. He was vandalizing the building. He was committing theft. He has no legal justification for what he did. Does that mean he should die for it? No, of course not. But he cannot justify his actions, nor can all the posters crying on his behalf.

  • so sad
    August 14, 2014 - 06:10

    Man severely burned cutting copper wire where he didnt have permission to be.Why do people keep on writing comments about things that are of their own agenda and have nothing to do with story.I'm amazed some of you haven"t turned this into an abortion issue.

  • Joe Blow
    August 13, 2014 - 23:55

    It's comical to see some people on here defending this thief!! He was on property he had no right being on and he was stealing copper wire. If he didn't want this to happen to him...he shouldn't have broke the law....its simple!

  • What Wrong With You People
    August 13, 2014 - 18:28

    What's wrong with you people ???????? When has stealing become OK in this province . It's not that long ago that copper wire was stole from Maritime Electric sub station (ground wires) which could have killed the workers if not noticed . Sure it's to bad this guy got hurt but the actual fact is , he never should have been there stealing someone else's property & got shocked because of trespassing . Just maybe it will brighten up some of the other thief's in our mist . The property regardless of condition still is private property that someone other than this guy worked & paid for even if we don't like the owners . It's not there just for the grab !

  • Crusty Sam
    August 13, 2014 - 18:22

    Stealing is stealing if that is the case here? fairly common across the country given scrap copper is $3.00 per lb....too bad he got injured though but that's why its private property and the owners have a right to maintain basic hydro service as the utility will charge super high to re connect if the building is used again, it is a commercial location after all___ Maybe if the fish plants would hire local workers instead of importing low wage slave labor from China, Mexico, and the Philippine's the poor bugger would have had a real job to offset our pathetic Canada Pension. Cause and affect___and someone suffers.

    • John
      August 13, 2014 - 20:04

      If only Islanders were willing to work as hard as foreign labor for a reasonable wage instead of sitting on their rear waiting for their next ei cheque.

    • To John
      August 15, 2014 - 18:59

      Hey John you got it half right. Employers refuse to pay a fair 'CANADIAN" wage so who could work for them. There is a reason they pick impoverished nations and stack them in cattle car housing and pay CHINA wages. Slavery plain and simple, it they were imported to pick cotton or making Joe Fresh shirts you'd hear the Press then but NO, uninformed people blame it on lazy Canadian's not predatory employment policies that will not pay Canadian wages.

  • Bob MacDonald
    August 13, 2014 - 17:30

    Some people get what they deserve.

    • To Bob
      August 14, 2014 - 03:39

      Jeez Bob...I would hate to see what you think he deserved if he committed an actual heinous crime. I ran a red light the other day...when will you be by to cut my feet off? The guy is on life support for stealing wire...I don't think this is what he deserved. He shouldn't have been stealing the wire that is for sure....but a death sentence is not the punishment for this offense. This is not the Middle East.

  • Come On Seriously
    August 13, 2014 - 17:01

    You think a man possibly dying is instant justice for stealing some copper wire from an abandoned building? You are seriously that misguided and cruel? I agree that the man probably had no right to be there if he did not own this building. However, the building was abandoned so perhaps he felt the wires were fair game...who knows? Bottom line is that this man did not molest a child, rape somebody or commit murder. So to say he deserved what he got is not only insane, but makes me question what kind of person you are for even suggesting it. The old fella was trying to make a few bucks, albeit not the right way, but this is far from what he deserved for stealing some copper wire. Karma...I think karma is going to get you for spewing these callous comments. Wow!

    • What I Know.
      August 13, 2014 - 18:40

      What I know is that if this person were not stealing copper cable he would not be in the hospital right now. All you sanctimonious clowns can keep defending the criminals all you like but at the end of the day if you don't choose to commit crimes your life is automatically in a less precarious position.

    • Let Me Know
      August 14, 2014 - 00:28

      Come On Seriously, Let me know when you are not home some day, because I would like to come and remove your television and computer. I mean, you are not home, so it is fair game for me? Right??!!

  • Jarrod
    August 13, 2014 - 16:53

    Just another day in the Guardian forum, home of the sanctimonious angry villagers with too much time on their hands. Seriously, karma? Imagine if that was your grandfather for just a second and tell me if you honestly think someone who takes copper from an abandoned property deserves to be on life support. There's probably a bigger story here, and that's senior citizens living in poverty on P.E.I. It really bothers me people will leave callous comments and not even have the grapes to sign their name, but unfortunately this is the world we live in.

    • reality
      August 13, 2014 - 17:27

      DON'T LET IT BOTHER YOU FOR A SECOND - they have to live with what they write and some day this site will be hacked like all others and names will be available

    • huh
      August 13, 2014 - 20:51

      so lead the way guys. Sign your name.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    August 13, 2014 - 16:25

    They may want to investigate why an abandoned empty building still has power . This could just as easly been someones curious child . Just a fire hazard like it is with owners hoping it will burn ,as it's worth more to them that way . This building has been vacant and gutted for past couple years . This property was just an accident waiting for a victim regardless of criminal or curious child . Owners need a chat or charges too .

    • Exactly
      August 13, 2014 - 18:43

      Exactly. And people who leave their doors unlocked should be sent to jail or sued too. How irresponsible can they be for allowing criminals to steal their property. It CAN'T be the fault of the offender. They are just victims of a society that does not break the law.

    • Cb
      August 13, 2014 - 18:51

      Soooo.. the owners of the building is not allowed to PAY to have power in their own building because someone might illegally break into the building and victimize the owners by ripping out the thousands of dollars in electrical work so some crack head can get $30 in wire?.... and we wonder why the system is failing..

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      August 18, 2014 - 15:10

      To Exactly and CB check the facts before spewing garbage about what you know nothing about . If anyone is paying for the hydro in this building it's the taxpayers of this Island . An this building IS empty and abandoned and has been since it went into receivership . They cleaned it out and it's been left wide open ever since . So that would appear to me that it's abandoned , and just another derelict building and eyesore in the community . It's too bad it hadn't caught fire and burned . As for irresponsible it's very irresponsible of the owners who ever they are to leave a property abondened and open like they have . No security no locks on the doors no signs . I suppose if it had been a curious child that had got hurt ,it would be the fault of the parents for allowing them to play in the community by your way of thinking .

  • Justin
    August 13, 2014 - 14:07

    All aboard the karma train. TOOT TOOT!