Murray River man dies after cutting live wire

Ryan Ross
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Murray Harbour

A 74-year-old Murray River man who got a severe electric shock after cutting a live wire in an empty building has died.

Edwin Peter MacKinnon was in hospital in Halifax where he received skin grafts after he was allegedly gathering scrap metal and cutting wires in the old Mariner’s Seafood building in Murray Harbour on Aug. 11.

His daughter, Cindy MacKinnon, told The Guardian her father died Friday afternoon due to multiple organ failure. He had been moved out of the intensive care unit but was moved back Friday morning, she said.

Edwin MacKinnon was initially taken the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown after suffering severe burns from 600 volts of electricity when he cut into a live wire. He was later transferred to Halifax.

The RCMP were investigating the incident, which prompted them to issue a warning about the dangers of people taking wires from property they don’t own.

Cindy previously said her father told her he was looking for things to sell to pay for a headstone for her sister, Carla, who died in 2012. She was 42.

Edwin’s funeral is Thursday at the Southern Kings and Queens Funeral Home in Murray River.

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Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, RCMP

Geographic location: Murray River, Halifax, Murray Harbour Charlottetown

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  • Jennifer mackinnon
    August 27, 2014 - 19:20

    Love you uncle peter. Forever loved. Never forgotten. Xoxoxo. :(

  • James Evans
    August 27, 2014 - 13:41

    It is indeed very sad that a life has been lost in this derelict eyesore. Very sad that someone needed to steal scrap. Murray Harbour has tried for years to get these collapsing buildings removed but the Provincial government has refused to help. I hope it will not take more lives before action is taken.

  • Islander
    August 27, 2014 - 12:12

    My heart breaks for this family and the circumstances, I am truly so very sorry for your loss.

  • Lindsay Richardson
    August 27, 2014 - 08:13

    Has the community rallied together to assist in his efforts for a headstone....may be a nice ting to do.

  • Dancing Shoes
    August 27, 2014 - 03:50

    Sounds like another benefit is being planned.

  • condolences
    August 26, 2014 - 21:25

    Terrible sad accident....

  • don
    August 26, 2014 - 07:15

    my condolences to the family. may he rest in peace.

  • lou lou annie
    August 26, 2014 - 06:59

    Very sorry to hear that he passed away, my condolences to the family.