Man shocked in canal re­leased from ICU

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A new­ly­wed from Arkansas who tried to save an­other man who fell in the Brick­town Canal and was elec­tro­cuted last month has been re­leased from in­ten­sive care.

Bran­don Gann, of Fort Smith, jumped into the canal Sept. 30 to try to res­cue Wes­ley See­ley, 23, of Tut­tle.

See­ley was elec­tro­cuted by wires from a bro­ken lamp­post and died. A wit­ness told po­lice he tried to pull him­self out of the wa­ter by grab­bing the wires of the bro­ken lamp­post.

Gann, who was also shocked, was rushed to the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa Med­i­cal Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. He and his wife, Tay­lor, had planned to fly to the Ba­hamas for their hon­ey­moon the next morn­ing.

Smolen, Smolen and Royt­man, a Tulsa law firm, is­sued a state­ment Fri­day re­gard­ing Gann’s re­lease from the in­ten­sive care unit.

“Bran­don and Tay­lor’s lives will never be the same,” the state­ment said. “What should have been a joy­ous time quickly turned into a night­mare.

City of­fi­cials orig­i­nally said small lamp­posts along the wa­ter­way were not grounded, but they later back­tracked on that state­ment, say­ing the bol­lards were grounded and prop­erly con­nected to the fix­tures.

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