11-Year-Old Girl Electrocuted to Death in Orlando Putt-Putt Golf Course Pond
An 11-year-old girl visiting from New York died on Wednesday in Orlando after being electrocuted while trying to fetch a ball from a pond at a resort's putt-putt golf course.
Ashton Jojo was visiting Orange Lake Resort, just a few miles west of the Disney World parks, with her family from Latham, New York. She was golfing on the resort's put-put golf course when the ball landed in a two-foot deep lake and she went to retrieve it.
According to the New York Daily News, the girl was electrocuted in the pond.
Another visitor heard the girl's screams and tried to retrieve her, but was also injured in the incident. A third visitor was also injured. Jojo was taken to Celebration Hospital, and later died. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death as electrocution.
Authorities, however, aren't sure what caused the electrocution in the first place.
An owner of a time share at the resort, and the grandmother of a girl Jojo had meet on vacation and was golfing with, tells NBC News that she was told by staffers that it's possible electricity to a metal fountain in the pond may have shorted out.
"Orange Lake Resort holds the safety and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern," a resort spokeswoman said in a statement.
"The miniature golf facility where the incident happened is closed and will not re-open until further notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the guests, their families and friends during this time."
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