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Officials: Teenager shocked at Smith Mountain Lake due to faulty dock wiring

The view of Smith Mountain Lake from the Jefferson Dock (WSET).

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (WSET) -- You'd think just touching the water at Smith Mountain Lake would be a safe thing to do, but if it's anywhere near some old docks, you may want to think twice.

The peaceful calm of Jefferson Dock and other locations around the lake are already drawing people to the water ahead of summer.

But just around the lake in the Gills Creek area, officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say a 17-year-old girl was sent to the hospital.

They say the Franklin County teen received an electric shock after grabbing a chain that was touching the water.

She fell into the lake and a friend pulled her out.

Officials say this was due to faulty wiring at an older dock.

The teen was released from the hospital and is said to be in good condition.

Officials are urging people to make sure their docks are upgraded to meet the standard code.

They also say you shouldn't jump in the water with someone who has been shocked.

Instead, you should throw them a rope with a lifesaver and try pulling them out.

Officials with the Game and Inland Fisheries say more information on dock safety will be issued in the near future.

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