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Photographer Dies From Electric Shock

February 07, 1988

An Orange County photographer was electrocuted Friday while taking pictures at an Irvine yacht-building company.

Rick J. Malmin, 41, of Silverado Canyon was crawling across a 30-foot-high I-beam at Ericson Yachts to take an overhead shot, police said. He received an electrical shock when his legs straddled the beam and touched two electrical conductors on the crane.

A spokesman for the company said Malmin had been hired by the firm's advertising agency to take pictures of a new line of boats.

He died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.

Malmin, son of retired Los Angeles Times photographer John Malmin, had been a self-employed commercial photographer for more than 15 years with a studio in Santa Ana.

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