Man who got electric shock in Murray Harbour moved out of intensive care

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Murray Harbour

A 74-year-old man who got a severe electric shock after cutting a live wire in an empty building will be getting skin grafts today after he suffered burns on his hands, according to his daughter.

On Monday, E.P. MacKinnon was allegedly gathering scrap metal and cutting wires in the old Mariner’s Seafood building in Murray Harbour when he was severely burned by 600 volts of electricity.

His daughter, Cindy MacKinnon, said her father is doing well considering his age and his heart condition.

E.P. MacKinnon was taken to hospital in Charlottetown but later transferred to Halifax where he was listed in critical condition.

Cindy said her father was moved from the intensive care unit Thursday morning, is scheduled for surgery today and, if everything goes well, his recovery is expected to take several weeks.

She also told The Guardian her father didn’t have permission to be in the building, but was thinking it was abandoned and would eventually be torn down or fall down.

He wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, but ended up hurting himself, she said.

The RCMP are investigating the incident.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Murray Harbour, Charlottetown, Halifax

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  • Jason
    August 18, 2014 - 00:51

    Glad to here he's okay. At 74 the man should be enjoying retirement but instead he has to make ends meet with the little pension he makes. So really don't you think he has got enough of a lesson?

  • barry
    August 16, 2014 - 09:51

    I hope this gentleman will be ok in the end .I think he knew what he was doing was wrong to some point and then again havent we all .The best is to let the RCMP deal with it . Its easy to pass judgement when we are sitting on the other side of the fence so to speak. First and foremost a speedy recovery

    • Chris
      August 16, 2014 - 14:28

      Would you feel this amount of love and concern if it had been your house or property he broken into to commit his theft. Judgement has nothing to with this it has to do with he injured while committing a crime it is matter of fact.

  • Peter
    August 16, 2014 - 07:06

    He should have to pay his own medical bills, IMO. (as should anyone who gets hurt while committing a crime).

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      August 19, 2014 - 13:51

      Sure peter I agree as soon as they start making those that bungee jump , drive race cars , any sports related injury , Ski and any other stupid stunts that cause injury pay

  • David
    August 15, 2014 - 14:44

    Theft is theft no matter the age or the ignorance level. Will be interesting to see if the police actually charge him since everyone else is charged for theft.

  • Observer
    August 15, 2014 - 09:21

    I am glad the old guy is going to be OK, but I am NOT buying the "I-thought-it-was-OK" nonsense. This is PEI - everyone knows everyone else's business. He would know the building was not abandoned. And even if it was, what gives him the right to steal from it? Wasn't trying to hurt anyone? Really? Does that make it OK to steal 'cos I took your stuff when you weren't there?

  • Ohms Law
    August 15, 2014 - 07:09

    He was officially "charged" when he cut the wire.