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Electrocution Danger Threatens Marines In Afghanistan

At least four Marines, including two based at Camp Pendleton, have been electrocuted to death in Afghanistan within the last six months, according to documents obtained by the Marine Corps Times.

Cpl. Conner T. Lowry, 24, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton. He was killed on March 1. According to the Marine Corps Times:

He died after a radio antenna touched a low-hanging power line in Kajaki district, Marines in his unit told Marine Corps Times during an April embed with their unit. His family, speaking with media in Lowry’s hometown, acknowledged electrocution caused his death.

Camp Pendleton-based Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, 22, was electrocuted on January 15 by a generator, along with Lance Cpl. Kenneth Cochran, who was based in Japan.

Cpl. Adam Buyes, a Japan-based Marine, was killed November 26, 2011, when his radio antenna hit a power line.

The Marine Corps Times reports electrocution has become "another hazard for ground forces fighting in Helmand province."

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