It's believed that Richard Bull, 32, plugged the charger into an extension cord from the hallway and then rested it on his chest while using the phone. He then suffered severe burns on his chest, arm , and hand when part of the iPhone touched the water.
Bull's wife Tanya found him when returning home. At first she thought he had been attacked due to the severity of his injuries. By the time paramedics arrived he had already passed away.
Yesterday, after recording the death as accidental, Dr. Sean Cummings said, “These seem like innocuous devices but can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom. They should attach warnings. I intend to write a report later to the makers of the phone.”
Bull's brother Andrew said, "We can all be careless at times. You don’t think there is enough electricity to do this, but there is."
“It was such a needless and tragic accident.”