DIXON (CBS13) — The Dixon community wants to know how two 17-year-old boys, enjoying their first day of spring break, could have died in an orchard. Jacob Hourmouzus and Jacob Schneider jumped into an irrigation canal to save a dog. While grabbing an overhead bridge for support out of the water, they were electrocuted.
“He was saving his dog. He loved his dog a lot and I had the unfortunate role of jumping in after them,” Schneider’s cousin, Kelby Holland, said.
But how could that have happened?
There are power lines over the bridge and the canal, which the Solano Irrigation District says are normal. CBS13 crews also saw exposed wires near the bridge, but no officials CBS13 spoke to could say if they played a part in what happened.
The irrigation district says warning signs are posted at public access points to the canal but this area borders private property.
Regardless, CBS13 was told the bridge was not supposed to be electrified. According to PG&E, it’s crews shut off the electricity after the incident, but the company’s equipment was involved.
There are so many people who have questions, the Solano Irrigation District is calling a special board meeting to address the electrocution Wednesday night.
The meeting started off honoring Hourmouzus and Schneider with a moment of silence for the young men, but moments later, board members were less interested when CBS13 tried to talk to them.
“It’s heart-wrenching. Everybody feels terrible. It’s a very sad story and a horrible accident,” said Janet Zimmerman with the irrigation district.
When pressed on why there are no signs or barriers near the area where the boys died, the irrigation said the warning signs are only posted at public access points to the canal. So it is not feasible to put up more barriers in that area, which borders private property.
“It’s 103 miles of canals so that would 206 miles of fencing,” Zimmerman said.
The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the teens’ death, trying to figure out if someone or something led to this terrible accident.
At the irrigation district, one of the items on the agenda was a conference with legal counsel. The district said this was just protocol and they did not say if they have been approached about a potential lawsuit.