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Sat, 09/01/2012 04:00 PM Injured male hunter, 1 of 2  25.0  Weber County UT  
 USA 
  hunting doves, running to cover    Ground Strike,Hunting,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead   0.0  TAHARI/NAWALPARASI  
 Nepal 
       
Lightning kills three Added At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM Last Updated At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ITAHARI/NAWALPARASI: Three persons on Saturday were killed by lightning strike in Sunsari and Nawalparasi districts. Laxmi Khadka (36) and Ganga Khadka (18) died when the lightning struck them at Bharaul VDC-6 of Sunsari where they were working in the field. Meanwhile, Jamuna Khadka (18), who was critically injured, is undergoing treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. In another incident, Pritam Sarki (10) of Sunwal VDC-2 in Nawalparasi who was playing in a nearby stream died after being hit by a lightning strike. His dead body has been sent to Prithvichandra Hospital for postmortem.
Thu, 08/30/2012 01:00 PM Killed farmer  25.0  Taptap Cebu city 
 Phillippines 
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=844      Direct hit 
Lightning strikes farmer By Niña G. Sumacot/JPM (The Freeman) Updated September 01, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0) CEBU, Philippines - A young farmer died after he was struck by lightning in the mountain barangay of Taptap, Cebu City last Thursday afternoon. Christopher Archua, 25, died immediately from major degree burns in his shoulder. Juvelyn Cabuena, 24, Archuas live-in-partner, told police that the incident happened when the victim went out of their shanty to have coffee at past 1 p.m. last Thursday. Cabuena said that prior to the incident, she, the victim, and their five-year-old son were staying inside their shanty because of the heavy rain. They were supposed to do their daily routine of tending the farm but were stopped by the heavy rains. With nothing to do, the victim headed to their kitchen as he wanted to have coffee. As soon as he left for the kitchen, lightning struck and directly hit the victims right shoulder. Archua slumped on the ground unconscious. Amid the heavy rains, Cabuena rushed outside to seek help from their neighbors. The neighbors arrived but the victim was already breathless. His shoulder was severely burned. The victim was no longer taken to the hospital, the nearest of which was still kilometers away. - THE FREEMAN View previous articles from this author | Subscribe to this author via RSS
Wed, 08/29/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 people   0.0  Cardiff Wales 
 UK 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wale       
Two people have been injured after a lightning strike at a house in Cardiff. The ambulance service said it treated one person for a suspected electric shock and another for hearing damage in the Pontprennau area. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews to the semi-detached property in Gateside Close shortly before 14:25 BST on Wednesday. The curtains of the house caught alight in the strike, which is also thought to have damaged electrical circuits. Both injured people were treated at the scene and did not need to go to hospital. Mannan Haq said he got an electric shock when he plugged in a USB stick into his TV but had been unaware of any storm beforehand. "Excuse the pun, I was in shock," he told BBC Wales. "I was on the floor and was pretty dazed for five to 10 minutes and my right arm was very numb." "As soon as it happened we heard the thunder itself." The fire service said the fire was out by the time the crews arrived. Officials from an electricity company are at the address.
Wed, 08/29/2012 12:00 PM Killed Marta Alicia Tadeo  0.0  Nahuizalco  
 El Salvador 
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/30/w      Outside 
A 26-year-old woman was killed by lightning and a 3-year-old boy drowned due to the severe thunderstorms that hit El Salvador in the past few days, officials said. Marta Alicia Tadeo died when she was struck by lightning on Tuesday outside her house in a rural area near Nahuizalco, a city in the western province of Sonsonate, police and emergency management office spokesmen said. Bryan Alvarado, meanwhile, drowned after falling into a rain-filled ravine in Chinameca, a city in the eastern province of San Miguel, officials told reporters. The heavy rains that have pounded El Salvador over the past few days are normal for this time of year, officials said. EFE Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/30/woman-killed-by-lightning-boy-drowns-in-el-salvador-rains/#ixzz25sQVF5Qt
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM Injured Sofia, granddaughter, 2 of 2  0.0  Eastham MA 
 USA 
  held in grandmothers arms    Indirect,Outside 
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM Injured Beth Caldwell, 1 of 2  0.0  Eastham MA 
 USA 
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/capeandis  holding umbrella, leaving a car  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
EASTHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- On Tuesday morning, a woman was gripping an umbrella as she exited a car to shield her from the heavy downpour. Just as she picked up her 4-year-old granddaughter, lightning struck, hitting them both. Its almost like a pain in your arm, and then my arm just started shaking said Beth Caldwell. Caldwell said she was struck by lightning when she was holding her granddaughter, Sophia, in one arm and an umbrella in the other. So I got the one over there and put her in my arms and the umbrella and then I got hit through my right arm, said Caldwell. Like a shotgun, it was a big loud bang, and all the sudden out of my periphery I saw the spark, said Chris Samios, the womans son-in-law, who witnessed the strike. Caldwell and Sophia were then rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. I wasnt really aware of anything but getting the baby away from me cause I knew I was hit. So when I fell in, I said to them, Im hit, Ive been hit by lightning, Caldwell said. The way she described it was that it was an intense pain, more than a shock in her hand and then all the sudden she felt her arm go limp down her side and she felt something shoot down through her body and her heart would not stop racing, said Chris Samios. The 4-year-old was fine, but was checked out for precautionary purposes. I freaked out. We were all like in shock. We were shocked, said the womans daughter, Maggie Samios. Neighbors in the area gave the same description of what they saw and heard. The flash was instantaneous. It was completely bright. Then the thunder, the clap was enormous, said Todd Easton. A heating and air conditioning repairman said the lightning also knocked out all the power in the Samios' vacation home. It was definitely hit by lightning. It got hit pretty hard. Everything electrical in it was fried, said Richard Toma. I feel so lucky, its unbelievable, said Chris Samios. She was hit by lightning and is fine. After the ordeal, Caldwell smiled and even joked about her clash with Mother Nature. You can have after effects up to three years but Im supposed to check with my regular doctor. But Im fine. They said that I look better because of it, Caldwell joked. Read more: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/capeandislands/12008386560725/grandmother-struck-by-lightning-in-eastham/#ixzz25VHwreNE
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM unknown What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning   0.0   
 USA 
  Great article     Education,Science 
What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning Andrew Tarantola The human body simply isn't built to conduct 300kV of electricity. So when things backfire while you're fishing in a thunderstorm, and you find yourself doing an impromptu rendition of Powder, here's what you can expect. While there is still debate within the scientific community as to the exact nature of the process, most believe that cloud-to-ground lightning originates when conditions within a thunder head strip electrons from rising water vapor to create an electrical field. Free electrons gather at the bottom of the cloud while positive ions move to the top. This electrical field is so intense that the negative electrons in the cloud repel electrons on the ground. These ground-level other electrons get pushed far enough into the strata that the surface of the planet becomes positively charged. Once that occurs, air molecules around the cloud ionize, discharging the electrical field via a short-circuit back to Earth, neutralizing the charge difference. That's lightningand you don't want to be anywhere near it when it strikes. Humans are good conductors. Being comprised of atoms that can transmit electrons is great for our neural network's basic functionality. But it's very bad when we drop a hairdryer in the tub, crack open an industrial capacitor, or become a human lightning rod on the links. Lightning strikes do, however, differ from the industrial shocks you'd receive from high-voltage equipment. First, the level of voltage is greater in lightningmost industrial shocks generate 20-60kV, but a bolt of lightning generates 300kV. Second, the duration of a lightning strike is much shorter. Man-made shocks last about a half second (500 miliseconds), on average, until the worker is either blown clear or the circuit breaker trips. A lightning strike courses through you in in just 3 milliseconds. Finally, most industrial electrical injuries hit the worker's hands, arms, and shoulders while natural lightning most often strikes the head, shoulders, and upper torso. When a bolt of lightning does strike a human frame, very bad things happen. In addition to the 300kV of energy coursing through you, the power of the strike heats the surrounding air to 50,000 degrees F, causing third degree burns at the bolt's entry and exit points. It can also create lightning bolt-shaped burn marks, called Lichtenberg figures, which are caused by bursting blood vessels. The heat and force can singe and shred clothing. Lightning strikes have blown people clear out of their shoes. The damage can be even worse if you are holding a metal object. For one thing, doing so increases the likelihood of being struck in the first place. A big reason Florida leads the nation in annual lightning-related deaths and injuries (126 deaths in the last decade alone) isn't from regional topography but due to the state's vibrant golf industry. Legions of players frantically break out the nine irons to finish the round ahead of an oncoming storm. Second, wearing metal objects whilechains, necklaces, braces...piercingscan cause electrical arcing and rapidly heat, causing serious burns of their own. Burns aren't the only way lightning will hurt you. A lightning strike can act as a massive fibrillator, upsetting the heart's electrical rhythm and causing cardiac arrest. That's in addition to bursting blood vessels and damaging the cardiac muscles. Fortunately, only one in ten Americans have died from being struck by lightning in the three decades between 1981 and 2010. That period saw 54 fatalities a year on average, though between 2001 and 2010, that number dropped to 39 annually. Ninety percent of lightning strike victims do survive, but at a significant cost. "Lightning injuries are varied and take many different forms," wrote Dr. Elisabeth Gourbière of the Electricité de France, Service des Etudes Médicales in Lightning Injuries to Humans in France. "The most dangerous (and possibly fatal) immediate complications are cardiovascular and neurologic. It must be kept in mind that only immediate and effective cardiorespiratory resuscitation (started by rescuers), followed as soon as possible by emergency medical treatment, can save victims who are in cardiopulmonary arrest, or avert the serious consequences of cerebral hypoxia. Some victims remain in a coma despite intensive resuscitation and die of secondary causes including hemorrhages and multiple lesions (encephalic, cardiac, pulmonary, intra-abdominal)." Immediate post-strike symptoms can include caridac arrhythmia, myocardial damage, and pulmonary edema in the circulatory system. Neurologically, you will likely lose consciousness for anywhere from a few minutes to a few years. You could suffer brain damage (because in the cellular structure of your brain literally cooks from the current) resulting in short-term memory loss or amnesia. Longer term neurological maladies include personality changes, learning disabilities, sleep disorders, seizures, Parkansonism (not actual Parkinson's Disease but a similar constant twitch). Last, victims commonly report numbness and weakness in the limbs, temporary or permanent paralysis, concussions, blown ear drums, cataracts, and a whole lot of pain.
Sun, 08/26/2012 04:00 PM unknown Do Fish die when ocean struck  0.0   
 USA 
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-      Education,Science 
Do fish die when lightning strikes the ocean? Aug 26, 2012, 04.14AM IST Tags: Sunday ET|satellites|salt|lightening|fish Lightning forms when an electrically charged cloud creates a channel of ionized air below it called a leader. This leader grows downwards and at the same time, an oppositely charged leader grows upwards from the ground. When the leaders connect, a huge current (typically 30,000 amps) flows down this ionized channel. Seawater, unlike air, is a good conductor as it contains salt. Rather than creating an irregular narrow, ionised path, the charge from the lightning strike spreads out sideways and downwards in an expanding half sphere from the surface. Any fish within a few tens of metres of the same strike point would probably be killed but beyond that they would just feel a tingle.
Wed, 08/22/2012 12:00 PM Killed student killed   21.0  Satna district  
 India 
       
BHOPAL: A student of an engineering college died and his pillion rider - a girl- sustained severe burns, when lightning struck them near Bharoot area close to by-pass road at Satna district on Tuesday, police said. The deceased, identified as Manoj Shukla (21), is a resident of Allahabad in UP and was a BE final year student of a local private college. The girl, aged 18, was pursuing a nursing course and hails from Shastri Nagar in Sidhi district of MP, police said. Both fell victim to lightning, when they were going out of the city limits on a motorbike. Manoj died on the spot while the girl had been admitted to that district hospital where her condition is stated to be critical, police sources said.
Wed, 08/22/2012 04:00 PM Killed Timothy Godwin  50.0  Castle Hayne NC 
 USA 
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/08/22/only-3-fisherman  fishing   N/A  fishing,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Near Water,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
ONLY ON 3: Fisherman killed by lightning on NE Cape Fear River Submitted by Katie Harden on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 5:15pm. READ MORE: News Weather New Hanover County News Castle Hayne Lightning Northeast Cape Fear River Timothy Godwin ONLY ON 3: Fisherman killed by lightning on NE Cape Fear River 14 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Castle Hayne man is dead after being struck by lightning while fishing on the Northeast Cape Fear River. Now his friends and family are remembering him. He was known by his friends as "The Catfish King of the Northeast Cape Fear River." Sunday, Timothy "Timbo" Godwin, 50, died doing what he loved. "if he wasn't working, we were here," Godwin's fiancée Brooke said. "I should have been here Sunday, but I didn't want to come. I tried to get him to stay in bed with me, matter of fact, and he was like, 'No, gotta catch that catfish.'" Godwin was a well known fisherman in Castle Hayne. His friends say he caught the biggest catfish they'd ever seen. Godwin's best friend and fishing buddy George Caison spent many hours on the dock on the river. Caison was with Godwin Sunday. "It started to sprinkle, so I went to the truck, and he said he was going to get his raincoat," Caison said. "I sat down in the truck and heard one lightning bolt. It was real loud. I jumped about a foot. When I got out of the van about five minutes later, I found him laying on the ground." Godwin was struck by lightning through a tree and electrocuted. His fiancée says she is lost without her other half, but she finds comfort in knowing that Godwin helped save others. "It was a tragedy; a big one, 'cause I know his mama taught him to get in out of the rain, but he was a donor," Brooke said. "We decided for him to be a donor, and he did save lives. He was able to give his liver, his kidneys and his heart." A memorial service for Godwin is tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington.
Tue, 08/21/2012 12:00 PM Injured Chandler Muller  0.0  Destin FL 
 USA 
estinlog.com/news/miss-22868-nowhere-bolt.html
 
on a boat running from storm    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
OUT OF NOWHERE A LIGHTNING BOLT': A miracle' for the Miss Had August 21, 2012 4:00 PM ShareThis| Print Story | E-Mail Story Tina Harbuck Lightning strike strangeness: In addition to splitting Capt. Preston Mullers glasses in half and injuring his brother Chandler, the lightning strike left some strange mementoes. "The eyes of the fish in the cooler were all blown out. "The scales were blown off the fish. "The water in the cooler was murky brown in color. A picture perfect day on the Gulf nearly took a tragic turn Friday when a bolt of lightning split a captains sunglasses in half and knocked his brother to his knees. Capt. Preston Muller, his brother Chandler, and four others went out fishing aboard the Miss Had, a 23-foot Sea Hunt boat. It was the most beautiful day, Preston said. The group of family and friends had been fishing about 28 miles out of Destin and had hauled in amberjack, scamp, mahi mahi, mingo and king mackerel. But as time passed a dark cloud started coming up behind them, Preston said. We started keeping an eye on it, and about 1 oclock decided to call it a day and head back in. About halfway back, it surrounded us in no time, Preston said. As the rain started to fall and the chop on the water grew to 5-foot swells, Chandler started pulling out the lifejackets and made sure everybody had one. The seas had picked up so much that I could only go about 8 knots, the captain said. Then out of no where a lighting bolt, Preston said. My sunglasses were split right down the middle, Muller said. I felt it through the steering wheel. Chandler felt the jolt as well. He went down to his knees and was screaming and crying, Preston said. As soon as Chandler went down, his cousin Sid Coleman, and Buck Jehle who were aboard, leaped to his side. He was having dramatic convulsions & it was insane, Preston said. He had stopped breathing at one point. It was the scariest situation Id have ever been in, said Courtney Green, who was also aboard. It was a feeling of hopelessness and of no control, said Green, who was huddled up at the front of the boat with fellow passenger Caro Louise Jehle. We were all praying and hanging on for dear life. However, the one thing Green said she clung to and kept praying over and over again as the guys scrambled on the small boat to take care of Chandler was the scripture, Psalms 34:7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. It was the longest hour and a half, she said. It seemed like days before they made it back in. With Chandler on the bottom of the boat, Preston had told Sid to pound him in the back in order to revive him. With everybody aboard the boat in prayer mode, Chandler came back around, Preston said. When my eyes opened, my brother was holding my hand, Chandler said. I can remember looking at him and saying I didnt want to die, Chandler recounted to The Log Monday. He said, Man I gotcha & I gotcha. But the credit goes to God. Preston was trying to drive the boat and make contact with the Coast Guard at the same time, when he saw the charter boat Perfect Shot. The captain stopped what he was doing and helped us out, Preston said. At first Capt. Brady Bowman of the Perfect Shot didnt fully understand what was going on, but he knew they were in trouble. I can deal with wind and rain, Bowman said. But lightning & you never know when its going to happen. Bowman relayed the message to the Coast Guard and stayed there with the Miss Had until help arrived. Preston said the border patrol arrived first and then the Coast Guard cutter boat got there. By then Chandler was coherent and they took him back to Coast Guard Station Destin where he was taken by ambulance to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for evaluation and treatment and later released that evening. Its a miracle, no other way to put it, Chandler told The Log Monday. The doctor just threw up his hands and said youre one of the lucky ones,  Chandler said. Through this near-death experience, Chandler says he has a new outlook on life. You never know when lightning is going to strike, but dont wait& Quit wasting time and start helping people. Thats what were here for.
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured May Voight, 8 of 8 on sailboat  78.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat    Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured boy, 4 of 8 on sailboat  7.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  in water near boat  N/A  Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,In Water,Indirect,Outside,Wet 
Duluth: Lightning strike that killed boy, 9, was 'like grenade' By Peter Passi Duluth News Tribune Posted: 08/20/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 08/20/2012 12:26:20 PM CDT As a thunderstorm swirled, intensified and descended over the waters of Lake Superior off the end of Minnesota Point late Saturday afternoon, a sailboat with eight people aboard rushed to the relative safety of the spit's sandy shore. As hail started to fall, and the passengers were scattered on the beach, in the waves and on the boat, a bolt of lightning hit the shallow water near the 26-foot vessel. "Everyone was blown off their feet. It was like a grenade went off, and there was a blinding flash of white light," said Sgt. Wade Rasch, an investigator for the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, recounting the words of the boat's captain. Closest to the lightning strike was 9-year-old Luke Voigt, who died from his injuries. His parents, Paul and Laurie Voigt, of Iron River, Wis., also were injured, along with other relatives. Luke's 7-year-old brother, Daniel, was on shore when the lightning hit and was not injured, officials said. On Sunday, parishioners at the Voigts' church in Lake Nebagamon grieved for the boy the parish priest described as eager, enthusiastic and full of questions about the world around him. FAMILY OUTING Jon Lintula, 52, and his wife Vickie, 50, of South Range, Wis., invited six guests for a boat ride Saturday, including Vickie's sister, Laurie Voigt, 45, and her family. Also aboard were Paul Voigt's parents, Mary and Frank Voigt of Pierz, Minn., ages 78 and 79, respectively. They were out for a sail when they noticed a dark storm cell approaching, Rasch said. The vessel quickly sought shelter between the rip rap and the concrete breakwater off the end of Minnesota Point -- also known as Park Point -- near the Superior Entry. The Lintulas' sailboat was equipped with a hinged keel, allowing them to fold it up and run their boat onto the shallow, sandy bottom. Members of the party walked ashore to take shelter on land, but Mary Voigt, Luke's grandmother, remained in the cabin of the sailboat. Frank, the grandfather, remained standing alongside in the water, Rasch said. When hail began to fall, members of the party began wading back to the boat and the shelter of its cabin, Rasch said. Luke was in the water. It was about 5:30 p.m. That's when a bolt of lightning struck. The lightning appears to have missed the ship's tall mast, striking adjacent to the boat instead, Rasch said. "If the lightning hits the mast, it charges the water all around the boat, but Luke clearly got the worst of it," he said. The 9-year-old was left floating face-down in the water; his 5-year-old brother is credited with turning him over. "The best we can tell is that the lightning must have come down either on or near Luke," Rasch said. Others in the water nearby included Laurie Voigt, Jon Lintula and Frank Voigt. Paul Voigt was only about ankle-deep in the water, and Daniel Voigt remained on land, Rasch said. The most seriously injured were those who were standing in the water at the time of the lightning strike. REMOTE RESCUE One of the victims was able to call 911 on a cellphone. The Duluth Fire Department, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, Duluth Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were among the agencies who responded to the call. Because of the difficulty getting to the remote site, which is about two miles from the end of the road at Sky Harbor Airport, about 25 minutes elapsed before firefighters arrived by boat. Other responders followed by boat, all-terrain vehicles, and on foot, Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jarry Keppers said. Luke Voigt received CPR on the scene but was pronounced dead after arriving at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center via helicopter. Other victims were taken by boat and ambulance to Duluth hospitals. A medical examiner has yet to determine an official cause of death for Luke Voigt, but Rasch said early indications are that he died as a result of the lightning's impact. The boy was quickly retrieved from the water and did not appear to have drowned, he said. Only one person from the boating party remained hospitalized in Duluth on Sunday evening: Frank Voigt, who was listed in fair condition at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. After the incident the sailboat was towed to a dock at Fraser Shipyards, and Tom Crossmon, captain of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, said it showed no apparent signs of damage. A CHURCH GRIEVES The Rev. Don Kania, priest at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Lake Nebagamon, where the Voigt family regularly worships, described an uncharacteristic scene at an after-church softball game and potluck Sunday, saying: "Everyone was in a somber mood. The (Voigt) family is in all in our prayers right now." Kania referred to the Voigts as "active members of the parish" and said: "Many people were crying in the service as they learned the news." He said Luke had just received his first Communion within the past year or so. "He was always very enthusiastic and excited," Kania said of Luke, recalling that the boy was sometimes so eager and in such a rush to speak that he could be difficult to understand. "He was full of questions about God and the world. Sometimes he would ask me questions at the end of services, when everyone was trying to say goodbye. Sometimes he would hold everyone up," Kania recalled with amusement. "Now, all his questions will be answered. I'm sure he knows a lot more about God and heaven than I do now." Paul Voigt works for the Wisconsin State Patrol. His wife, Laurie, also works for the state in the Department of Corrections. Tom Voigt, Paul's brother who lives in Pierz, Minn., said he trusts everyone will pull together to make it through this difficult time. "They're a real good family. Everyone is real close to one another," he said. But Tom Voigt said the loss of his young nephew stings everyone. "Luke was a very bright young man. He could read just about anything you put in front of him, and he always caught on quick. He was a real good kid," he said. STORM REWIND Daniel Thralow of Duluth was watching from near Skyline Parkway above downtown as the storm intensified shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday. "It kind of reminded me of the day of the waterspout," he said referring to the Aug. 9 Duluth funnel cloud. "I didn't want to miss that opportunity again, so I started the camera." A time-lapse video Thralow made from his photos shows the storm strengthening and lowering over the end of Park Point as bright bolts of lightning cut across the sky and down toward the lake. Time-lapse video of storm by Daniel Thralow, from about 5:10 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday: "It was amazing how far diagonally it stretched," he said of the lightning. "You expect it to go straight down, and not meander so far." Sunday's tragic accident underscores the importance of closely monitoring the weather when on Lake Superior, said Dave Phillips, St. Louis County Undersheriff. But he noted: "Looking at the radar, you could see it was a really small but intense cell that came up pretty fast." Looking back on the events, Phillips found little fault. "It sounded like they were trying to do all the right things. But this was one of those freak incidents," he said. "As a fellow boater, there's no way I would second-guess their actions," Phillips said. "But in general, this incident and others, such as the recent waterspout and the strong rip currents we've had out there off the point, show that a lot of things can happen here on the west end of Lake Superior." Candace Renalls and Andrew Krueger of the News Tribune staff contributed to this report. Print Email Font ResizeReturn to Top Facebook article commenting: How-to and questions MORE OF TODAY'S HEADLINES A's 4, Twins 1: Loss includes triple play, none left on base Burnsville: Second teen dies after car rolls down embankment, lands on I-35W Maryland: 2 college students die as train derails on bridge where they were hanging out Cottage Grove: Businesses curious about cheap rent at old city hall Big Lake: Judge won't test knife for DNA in Linda Jensen murder case Minnesota: Carlton County attorney returns to work after alcohol treatment Minnesota Supreme Court: Ruling allowing BWCA cell tower allowed to stand
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured John Lintula, 6 of 8 on sailboat  52.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat  N/A  Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Indirect,Outside 
Minnesota boy who died after lightning struck sailboat identified DULUTH, Minn. - A 9-year-old boy from Iron River died of injuries suffered when lightning hit near a 26-foot sailboat near the end of Minnesota Point late Saturday afternoon. By: Forum Communications, INFORUM VideoSendPrint Ameripride Serv Inc Benefits after 60 days and weekends off! Hiring Route Drivers! SendPrint Homark Homes Brand new modular doublewide - on our lot right now - less than $63/sq ft - click for more details SendPrint Visit Duluth Duluth is open for you. Adventure, romance and history on the shores of the worlds greatest lake. VideoSendPrint Boulger Funeral Home Click for service and price information VideoSendPrint Shooting Star Casino Now Hiring a Human Resources Manager. We offer the best wages in the area and excellent benefits! VideoSendPrint NOW Hiring! Hiring for multiple positions. Ready for a new career path? Click here to change your fututure. 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The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reports that Luke Voigt - one of eight people aboard the boat injured in the lightning strike - died after being airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. The lightning struck the sailboat about 5:30 p.m. while it was ashore on the Minnesota side of the Superior entry. The boat had been brought to shore, seeking refuge from an approaching storm, authorities said. The boat was on the lake side between the rip rap and the break wall of the Superior entry. The group was evacuating the sailboat when it was struck by lightning, the sheriff's office said. One of the victims was able to call 911. In addition to Luke, authorities reported that those injured included Luke's parents, Paul Voigt, 46, and Laurie Voigt, 45, of Iron River; Luke's brother, Daniel Voigt, 7; John Lintula, 52, and Vicky Lintula, 50, both of South Range; and Paul Voigt's parents, Frank Voigt, 79, and Mary Voigt, 78, of Pierz, Minn. Authorities had said Saturday that Luke had lost a pulse for a time and had CPR performed on him. He was found face-down in the water by his brother, who turned him over, according to Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jarry Keppers. The other passengers started CPR on him, which was continued by rescue workers who got a pulse back. Luke was in very serious condition when airlifted from the site by LifeLink Helicopter, he said. Everyone was injured at least somewhat, Keppers said of those on the boat. At least three of the adults were seriously hurt. The Duluth Fire Department, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, Duluth Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were among the agencies responding to the call. The boat was about three miles from the Sky Harbor Airport at the end of Minnesota Point near the Superior entry. Because of the difficulty getting to the remote site, which is about two miles from a road, about 25 minutes elapsed before the firefighters arrived by boat. Other responders followed by boat, all-terrain vehicles, and on foot, Keppers said. Its one of the more remote areas of the city aside from areas of the Munger Trail, Keppers said. At least here, we can use boats. Meanwhile, ambulances were standing by, and local hospitals were alerted to be ready for multiple injuries. Luke Voigt was airlifted from the boat site to Essentia Health-St. Marys Medical Center. All the others were taken by boat to Sky Harbor Airport or the Duluth Coast Guard Station. From there, they were taken by land ambulance to St. Marys or St. Lukes hospital, Keppers said. The last of the injured was on the way to a hospital by ambulance shortly after 7 p.m. Authorities requested that the Aerial Lift Bridge be kept down during the rescue response. It was back in operation at 7:10 p.m., able to be raised for marine traffic. About an hour later, the sailboat that was struck was towed by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The incident happened as scattered thunderstorms moved across the Northland from north to south on Saturday afternoon when a cold front moved through the area. At 5:33 p.m. Saturday, about the time of the reported lightning strike, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Douglas County as one of the scattered storm cells strengthened near the city of Superior. The storm, moving southeast at the time, was reported to be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, although the Weather Service did not relay any spotter reports of severe weather as of Saturday evening. Earlier Saturday afternoon, at 3:05 p.m. and again at 4:58 p.m., the Weather Service issued marine weather statements warning mariners to be aware of thunderstorms moving across the waters of western Lake Superior, capable of producing gusty winds, small hail and lightning strikes. Tags: news, duluth, accidents, minnesota
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured Frank Voight, 7 of 8 on sailboat  79.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat  N/A  Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,In Water,Indirect,Outside 
by Mike Strehlow Story Created: Aug 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM CDT Story Updated: Aug 20, 2012 Duluth, MN--CBS 58 News has obtained some new images of the storm that killed a young Wisconsin boy and injured members of his family. Photographer Daniel Thralow took the photos Saturday evening as he stood on a hill in Duluth, Minnesota overlooking the Lake Superior shoreline. "I set up the camera and just started catching the storm. So it kept growing and it was a very interesting cloud formation, " Thralow told CBS 58's Mike Strehlow during a phone interview Monday. A Wisconsin couple, their 2 young sons, the boys' grandparents, and another couple were trying to seek shelter from the fast-approaching storm along a beach at Minnesota Point after an afternoon of sailing on Lake Superior. Investigators say five people, including 9-year-old Luke Voigt, where still in the water when the bolt of lightning struck near the sailboat at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. "The biggest strike that I had caught was during that period, and so it did seem to hit right out there where they had been sailboating," said Thralow. The Duluth Tribune reports one of the victims told a deputy that when the lightning struck, it was like a grenade went off, blowing everyone off their feet. Luke Voigt was killed. Everyone but Luke's 7-yeear-old brother suffered injuries. They were treated and released from a Duluth hospital. Residents of the Voigt's hometown of Iron River, Wisconsin are mourning Luke's death and praying for the survivors of this tragic voyage on Lake Superior. "Oh my gosh...it's Luke Voigt. It's this family from Iron River and classmates, and schoolmates, and the lovely mother and father, and his little brother... I mean....what are you going to say, what are you going to do?" said Iron River resident Michelle Drougas.
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured Vicky Lintula, 5 of 8 on sailboat  50.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat  N/A  Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured Laurie Voight,3 of 8 on sailboat  45.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat    Beach,Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Outside 
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Killed Luke Voight, 1 of 8 on sailboat  9.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/  evacuating 26' sailboat  N/A  Beach,Boat,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Boy dies from injuries after lightning strikes sailboat off Minnesota Point A 9-year-old boy from Iron River has died of injuries suffered when lightning hit a 26-foot sailboat near the end of Minnesota Point late Saturday afternoon. By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune VideoSendPrint Kari Toyota 2012 Toyota Avalon. $39,090* SendPrint TRENDS SALON & SPA Receive Free Travel Size Moroccanoil With a Highlight or Color Service SendPrint The Duluth News Tribune Download The Duluth News Tribune for iPad app today FREE, courtesy of National Bank of Commerce SendPrint Cash Wise Liquor Only $15.97 Smirnoff Vodka 1.75 Liter VideoSendPrint Larson Chevrolet WEEKLY SPECIAL: 2011 Chev Impala. Stock #817k. $12,878 SendPrint Great Northern Rodeo August 31 thru Sept 1. Click here to see where to get tickets! view all offers | sign up for email offers | add your business Helicopter Life Link III takes off from Sky Harbor Airport on Saturday after getting directions to respond to a report of eight people injured when a 26-foot sailboat was struck by lightning near the Superior entry. A 9-year-old boy was administered CPR until rescue personnel arrived at the remote location at the end of Park Point. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com) Rescue agencies More... EARLIER: Eight people injured after lightning strikes sailboat on Lake Superior off Duluth A 9-year-old boy from Iron River has died of injuries suffered when lightning hit a 26-foot sailboat near the end of Minnesota Point late Saturday afternoon. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reports that the boy - one of eight people aboard the boat injured in the lightning strike - died after being airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. The lightning struck the sailboat about 5:30 p.m. while it was ashore on the Minnesota side of the Superior entry. The boat had been brought to shore, seeking refuge from an approaching storm, authorities said. The boat was on the lake side between the rip rap and the break wall of the Superior entry. The group was evacuating the sailboat when it was struck by lightning, the sheriff's office said. One of the victims was able to call 911. In addition to the 9-year-old boy who died from his injuries, whose name was not released, authorities reported that those injured included Paul Voigt, 46, of Iron River; Laurie Voigt, 45, of Iron River; an unnamed 7-year-old boy from Iron River; John Lintula, 52, and Vicky Lintula, 50, both of Wisconsin; and Frank Voigt, 79, and Mary Voigt, 78, of Pierz, Minn. Duluth fire officials said Saturday that the group included a mother and father and the two boys; a grandmother and grandfather; and a couple who were friends of the family. Authorities had said Saturday that the 9-year-old boy lost a pulse for a time and had CPR performed on him. He was found face-down in the water by his brother, who turned him over, according to Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jarry Keppers. The other passengers started CPR on him, which was continued by rescue workers who got a pulse back. The boy was in very serious condition when airlifted from the site by LifeLink Helicopter, he said. Everyone was injured at least somewhat, Keppers said of those on the boat. At least three of the adults were seriously hurt. The Duluth Fire Department, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, Duluth Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were among the agencies responding to the call. The boat was about three miles from the Sky Harbor Airport at the end of Minnesota Point near the Superior entry. Because of the difficulty getting to the remote site, which is about two miles from a road, about 25 minutes elapsed before the firefighters arrived by boat. Other responders followed by boat, all-terrain vehicles, and on foot, Keppers said. Its one of the more remote areas of the city aside from areas of the Munger Trail, Keppers said. At least here, we can use boats. Meanwhile, ambulances were standing by, and local hospitals were alerted to be ready for multiple injuries. The 9-year-old boy was airlifted from the boat site to Essentia Health-St. Marys Medical Center. All the others were taken by boat to Sky Harbor Airport or the Duluth Coast Guard Station. From there, they were taken by land ambulance to St. Marys or St. Lukes hospital, Keppers said. The last of the injured was on the way to a hospital by ambulance shortly after 7 p.m. During the rescue response, the Aerial Lift Bridge was kept down. It was back in operation at 7:10 p.m., able to be raised for marine traffic. About an hour later, the sailboat that was struck was towed by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The incident happened as scattered thunderstorms moved across the Northland from north to south on Saturday afternoon when a cold front moved through the area. At 5:33 p.m. Saturday, about the time of the reported lightning strike, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Douglas County as one of the scattered storm cells strengthened near the city of Superior. The storm, moving southeast at the time, was reported to be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, although the Weather Service did not relay any spotter reports of severe weather as of Saturday evening. Earlier Saturday afternoon, at 3:05 p.m. and again at 4:58 p.m., the Weather Service issued marine weather statements warning mariners to be aware of thunderstorms moving across the waters of western Lake Superior, capable of producing gusty winds, small hail and lightning strikes. Candace Renalls and Andrew Krueger of the News Tribune staff contributed to this report.
Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured Paul Voit, 2 of 8 on sailboat  46.0  Minnesota Point MN 
 USA 
  evacuating 26' sailboat    Boat,Dock/Pier/Jetty,On Water,Outside 
Lightning strikes sailboat on Lake Superior, injuring all 8 people aboard A 26-foot private sailboat was hit by lightning early Saturday night on Lake Superior near the end of Minnesota Point in Duluth, injuring all eight on board, authorities said. By: Forum Communications, SendPrint RDO Equipment Hiring Service Technicians! Excellent Benefits and High Job Satisfaction: 2 of the reasons to apply! SendPrint Paul Davis Restoration & Remodelin Moving into a new or used home? $75 OFF DUCT CLEANING & $40 OFF CARPET CLEANING. SendPrint Grand Forks Herald Download The Grand Forks Herald for iPad FREE in the App Store, courtesy of Gate City Bank. VideoSendPrint Essar Steel Now Hiring a Reliability Inspector to join us as we build a $1.6 billion state-of-the-art mine. VideoSendPrint Work For a Leader! Now hiring Inpatient RNs. Excellent benefits & employee perks program! VideoSendPrint Shooting Star Casino Now Hiring a Human Resources Manager. We offer the best wages in the area and excellent benefits! SendPrint Visit Duluth Duluth is open for you. Adventure, romance and history on the shores of the worlds greatest lake. SendPrint Dick Walsh Construction Egress Windows Minimal Dust! SendPrint RDO Equipment Hiring Service Technicians! Excellent Benefits and High Job Satisfaction: 2 of the reasons to apply! SendPrint Paul Davis Restoration & Remodelin Moving into a new or used home? $75 OFF DUCT CLEANING & $40 OFF CARPET CLEANING. Previous Next view all offers | sign up for email offers | add your business A 26-foot private sailboat was hit by lightning late Saturday afternoon near the end of Minnesota Point in Duluth, injuring all eight people on board, authorities said. Most critically injured was a 9-year-old boy who lost a pulse for a time and had CPR performed on him. The boys condition was unclear by the Duluth News Tribunes press time. The boy was found face-down in the water by his 5-year-old brother, who turned him over, according to Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jarry Keppers. The other passengers started CPR on him, which was continued by rescue workers who got a pulse back. The boy was in very serious condition when airlifted from the site by LifeLink Helicopter, he said. The group was near the sailboat when it was struck by lightning. They included a mother and father and the two boys, a grandmother and grandfather, and a couple who were friends of the family, according to Keppers. Everyone was injured at least somewhat, Keppers said. At least three of the adults were seriously hurt. The lightning struck the sailboat about 5:30 p.m. while it was ashore. The boat was on the lake side between the rip rap and the break wall of Wisconsin Point, authorities said. The boat had been brought to shore, seeking refuge from the storm. The Duluth Fire Department and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad were called out to the site about 5:30 p.m. as storms passed through the area. The boat was about three miles from the Sky Harbor Airport at the end of Minnesota Point near the Superior entry. Because of the difficulty getting to the remote site, which is about two miles from a road, about 25 minutes elapsed before the firefighters arrived by boat. Other responders followed by boat, all-terrain vehicles, and on foot, Keppers said. Its one of the more remote areas of the city aside from areas of the Munger Trail, Keppers said. At least here, we can use boats. Meanwhile, ambulances were standing by, and local hospitals were alerted to be ready for multiple injuries. The critically injured boy was airlifted from the boat site to Essentia Health St. Marys Medical Center. All the others were taken by boat to Sky Harbor Airport or the Duluth Coast Guard Station. From there, they were taken by land ambulance to St. Marys or St. Lukes hospital, Keppers said. The last of the injured was on the way to a hospital by ambulance shortly after 7 p.m. The names of the injured werent available Saturday night. During the rescue response, the Aerial Lift Bridge was kept down. It was back in operation at 7:10 p.m., able to be raised for marine traffic. About an hour later, the sailboat that was struck was towed by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad to Fraser Shipyards in Superior. The incident happened as scattered thunderstorms moved across the Northland from north to south on Saturday afternoon when a cold front moved through the area. At 5:33 p.m. Saturday, about the time of the reported lightning strike, the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Douglas County as one of the scattered storm cells strengthened near the city of Superior, Wis. The storm, moving southeast at the time, was reported to be capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, although the weather service did not relay any spotter reports of severe weather as of Saturday evening. Earlier Saturday afternoon, at 3:05 p.m. and again at 4:58 p.m., the weather service issued marine weather statements warning mariners to be aware of thunderstorms moving across the waters of western Lake Superior, capable of producing gusty winds, small hail and lightning strikes.
Thu, 08/16/2012 03:07 PM Injured woman   43.0  Port St. John FL 
 USA 
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120816/NEWS0
 
inside a barn  N/A  Door,Indirect,Ungrounded Shelter 
A 43-year-old Port St. John woman has been hospitalized after reporting that she was struck by lightning this afternoon. The incident was reported at 3:07 p.m. in the 6300 block of Arborwood Avenue, Brevard County Fire-Rescue spokesman Lt. Jeff Taylor said. Before being taken away in an ambulance, the woman told rescuers she was inside a barn when the strike occurred. She was evaluated on scene then taken to Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge with injuries that did not appear to be immediately life threatening, Taylor said. The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a warning of thunderstorms producing frequent lightning strikes in Brevard County. According to the NWS, 21 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the United States this year.
Wed, 08/15/2012 07:45 PM Injured Jamie Kevin Harris  23.0  Brainerd MN 
 USA 
http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2012-08-16/man-st
 
driving a four wheeler at Brainerd international Raceway  N/A  All Terrain Vehicle,Camping,Critical,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Man struck by lightning at BIR Posted: August 16, 2012 - 10:43am ADVERTISEMENT Man struck by lightning at BIR A 23-year-old Madelia man was struck by lightning at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday while driving on a four-wheeler at Brainerd International Raceway near Brainerd, reported the Crow Wing County Sheriffs Office. The man, Jamie Kevin Harris who was unresponsive on scene, was transported by North Air Care to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was in critical condition Thursday. It was reported that the incident occurred on corners three and four in the camping area of the race track. Man struck by lighting at BIR in August recovering at home Posted: September 21, 2012 - 8:33pm ADVERTISEMENT Lightning strike victim recovering at home Jamie Harris, the 23-year-old Madelia man struck by lightning Aug. 15 at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), told the Star Tribune he couldnt believe his own story when his parents told him what happened. Harris was in a medically induced coma in a Minneapolis hospital for about a week following the thunderbolt. Harris doesnt remember the lightning strike but has the burn holes in the T-shirt he was wearing to prove it. Drag racer John Force signed the T-shirt. Harris was struck while riding an all-terrain vehicle across the campground at BIR. The Star Tribune reported a man in a camper heard a loud crack and saw Harris on the ground when he investigated the sound. The camper gave Harris CPR. The metro newspaper quoted Dr. Ryan Fey, Hennepin County Medical Center physician who treated Harris, who said it appeared Harris suffered a close-to-direct hit in the lightning strike. A month after the strike, the Harris family told the Star Tribune, Harris was making marked progress in his recovery and was walking on his own although he still had pain and had to work to swallow food and water. He was back home in Madelia for his continued recovery.
Wed, 08/15/2012 05:00 PM Killed Sebastian Castillo  41.0  Long Branch NJ 
 USA 
http://www.app.com/article/20120816/NJNEWS/3081600
 
fishing with sons at lake  N/A  Beach,fishing,Near Water,Outside,Water 
Man struck by lightning in Long Branch pronounced dead 6:13 PM, Aug 16, 2012 | Comments A A Written by Anthony Panissidi @APPanissidi FILED UNDER News Monmouth Medical Center ADS BY PULSE 360 AdChoices 1 Shocking Tip To Lose Weight West Yarmouth: Celebrity Doctor Reveals How To Lose 27lbs This Summer... Read More... West Yarmouth Arrest Records Who do you know in West Yarmouth that's been arrested? You? Your friends? InstantCheckmate.com West Yarmouth: Mom Makes Botox Doctors Angry Massachusetts: Mom Reveals Clever $5 Wrinkle Therapy That Makes Botox Doctors Furious SmartConsumerLiving.com LONG BRANCH  A father died after he was struck by lightning when his fishing trip with his 12-year-old son was interrupted by a thunderstorm Wednesday, police said. Sebastian Castillo, 41, couldnt get a good bite where he and his son were fishing in Manasquan, so they traveled about 14 miles north in search of more active fish, Long Branch police Lt. Frank Morey said. Lightning struck Castillo, an East Rutherford resident and father of three sons, while he was fishing with his son at Lake Takanassee Beach off Ocean Avenue in the Elberon section of the city Wednesday. His 12-year-old son, whom police would not identify, ran to a nearby home and asked residents to call police, who responded shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Morey said. Castillo died around 1:30 p.m. at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch after an overnight stay in an intensive care unit, Morey said. This is just terrible, said city Mayor Adam Schneider when reached by phone Wednesday night. Castillo is at least the 22nd person killed in the United States this year after being struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Monmouth County has had two lightning deaths this summer. In July, a 48-year-old New York woman was struck by lightning while climbing over the sea wall to leave the shore in Monmouth Beach as bad weather hit. She died the following day. Five of the people killed from lightning this year were fishing like Castillo. Mark DeLisi, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, said anyone on a boat, particularly if its metal, is in great danger when a storm comes. Its flat. Theres nothing there and youre the only object, DeLisi said. The National Weather Service always advises people to keep an eye on the weather report and seek shelter when a storm comes. Castillos death is another in a series of tragic incidents in the city, which has been hit particularly hard since shortly before Memorial Day. A 12-year-old boy died last month after the sand tunnel he had dug on a city beach collapsed on him. The day before Memorial Day, a 17-year-old boy from Paterson drowned in the ocean near Pier Village. Staff Writer Kristi Funderburk contributed to this report. Anthony Panissidi: 732-643-4223; apanissidi@gannett.com
Wed, 08/15/2012 06:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Mansfield CT 
 USA 
  inside house     Indirect,Indoors 
Emergency crews in Mansfield are responding to a home where a man might have been struck by lightning. Tolland County dispatchers said initial reports were that a lightning bolt went through the home at 903 Warrenville Road around 6:30 a.m. and struck a man inside. The person is being evaluated and officials are investigating. More information will be posted once it becomes available.
Wed, 08/15/2012 12:00 PM Killed Ezequiel Cervantes-Nava  48.0  London Ontario 
 Canada 
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/08/16/2011
 
working in a field.     
LONDON, Ont. -- The lightning bolt that killed Ezequiel Cervantes-Nava was as clear a sign as any it's been a cursed year for migrant farm workers in Southwestern Ontario. The 48-year-old died Thursday after being struck by lightning in a Norfolk County ginseng field on Wednesday. At least 11 other migrant workers have been killed this year in Ontario's richest farm belt, including 10 on a rural road near Stratford, Ont., in February when the van they were in blew through an intersection and collided with a truck whose London driver was also killed. Another offshore worker, a 42-year-old Jamaican, was thrown from a van and died in an eerily similar crash near Brantford, Ont., last week. "It's just been a horrible year," said Stan Raper, national co-ordinator of the Agricultural Workers Alliance. He said the year got off to a brutal start for offshore labourers, with the crash in Hampstead, Ont., involving a van loaded with the Peruvian workers returning home after a long day's work on a chicken farm. Then came the blistering summer drought that ruined crops and left many workers jobless. It's also been a rough year for migrant workers - Canada relies on a small army of them - in other parts of the country, in part because late frost destroyed some of the fruit crops the offshore labourer traditionally work. "It's probably the highest (injury and death) count since the health and safety legislation came in to effect in 2006," Raper said Thursday. While the road carnage has grabbed the headlines, Raper says some workers also get struck by cars while riding bicycles - one way many get around - every summer. "It usually happens after work when they ride into town to do their shopping or use the phone. We usually have six to 10 bike accidents or deaths a year." The employees do get worker's compensation and private insurance that allows them to get medical help if they need it. In Ontario, they also get OHIP coverage as well. That's too little, too late for Chris Ramsaroop, of the advocacy organization Justicia for Migrant Workers. He contends injured workers may get the medical attention they need, but that's a short-term, bandage covering a deep, long-term problem. "There are no industry regulations," he said. "This would concern providing proper washrooms, water, making sure there are precautions when it comes to lightning strikes - none of that is on the books." Norfolk OPP say the 48-year-old Mexican worker hit by lightning on a farm near Hwy. 3 had been working with other farmhands in a field in west end Norfolk. He was found face down, with no pulse, after a single bolt of lightning struck him. Revived by paramedics, and rushed to hospital in Tillsonburg, Ont., he was later transferred in critical condition to London's University Hospital, where he died. About 20,000 migrant farm workers come to Ontario to work, with the majority of thousands more finding work in Quebec and B.C. Raper counted off just a few of the perils workers face on a day-to-day-basis, working agricultural jobs that also dangle danger for farm families. "They face their greatest dangers from confined spaces, farm equipment, heat stress -- and even West Nile virus," he said, adding the latter has less of a problem during the dry summer.
Wed, 08/15/2012 01:30 PM Injured man   0.0  Pensacola FL 
 USA 
http://www.pnj.com/article/20120815/NEWS01/1208150
 
     
A man was struck by lightning in Pensacola this afternoon, though paramedics said he is not seriously injured. Escambia County Emergency Medical Services were called to a store on the 1500 block of Langley Avenue shortly after 1:30 p.m. When paramedics arrived, the man was coherent and talking, paramedics said. The man was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital to be treated
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Joshua White  32.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  in a tent on a moutain     
Austin backpacker survives lightning strike near Mount Whitney By Pam LeBlanc | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 05:31 AM An Austin man and two companions survived a lightning strike that scorched the poles of their tent and left smoke wisping from their mouths. Joshua White, 32, of Austin, along with his brother Colton Connelly, 23, and friend Ian Richmond, 26, both of San Antonio, were backpacking along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Mountains of California on Aug. 14 when a storm blew up. The three men were pitching camp at Guitar Lake near Mount Whitney, which they planned to summit the following day, when it started to rain lightly, said White, who works at REI in the Gateway Shopping Center. As they prepared lunch in the vestibule of one of the tents, the rain began to pick up. Soon, driving rain and hail were pelting the tent. The thunder grew louder until they knew the storm was right on top of them. I remember laying down in my tent and looking up, White says. Then I saw just the most intense bright light you could ever conceive of and immediately heard thunder, not like you typically hear, but more like an explosion. Lightning struck the tent, sending a current through the metal tent poles that all three men were touching. (The photo shows the singed poles.) It was excruciating. It was the worst pain Ive ever felt, inconceivable pain, White says. A couple seconds later it was over. It was like every nerve ending in my body was firing at once. Then he felt like he was on fire. I was like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, screaming Im on fire, Im on fire! Put me out! White says. He ripped off his clothes and realized he wasnt on fire. But the inside of the tent was smoking and smoke was rising off his body and out of the mouths of all three backpackers. The three backpackers, afraid they would be hit again, piled on top of each other in the center of the tent, away from the poles, to ride out the storm. Within an hour the storm had passed. Others campers in the area came and checked on them. No one could believe we were alive, White says. White suffered a 3-inch burn on his shoulder but no other lingering injuries. It felt like being hit by a Mack truck going 1,000 miles per hour. It was unreal. I feel like we got a second chance. The next morning, they hiked to the summit of Mount Whitney as planned, then walked 11 miles down 7,000 feet of elevation to finish their two-week trip. We were ready to be off that mountain, he says. At least 24 people have died in the United States so far this year after being struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those who survive can suffer from long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, fatigue, weakness, and more. (The photo at top shows Colton in the tent, Ian in the center and Joshua at the right, after the tent they were in was struck by lightning.)
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 4 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Colton Connelly, 2 of 3  23.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 5 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 8 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Joshua White  32.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Tent 
Austin backpacker survives lightning strike near Mount Whitney By Pam LeBlanc | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 05:31 AM An Austin man and two companions survived a lightning strike that scorched the poles of their tent and left smoke wisping from their mouths. Joshua White, 32, of Austin, along with his brother Colton Connelly, 23, and friend Ian Richmond, 26, both of San Antonio, were backpacking along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Mountains of California on Aug. 14 when a storm blew up. The three men were pitching camp at Guitar Lake near Mount Whitney, which they planned to summit the following day, when it started to rain lightly, said White, who works at REI in the Gateway Shopping Center. As they prepared lunch in the vestibule of one of the tents, the rain began to pick up. Soon, driving rain and hail were pelting the tent. The thunder grew louder until they knew the storm was right on top of them. I remember laying down in my tent and looking up, White says. Then I saw just the most intense bright light you could ever conceive of and immediately heard thunder, not like you typically hear, but more like an explosion. Lightning struck the tent, sending a current through the metal tent poles that all three men were touching. (The photo shows the singed poles.) It was excruciating. It was the worst pain Ive ever felt, inconceivable pain, White says. A couple seconds later it was over. It was like every nerve ending in my body was firing at once. Then he felt like he was on fire. I was like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, screaming Im on fire, Im on fire! Put me out! White says. He ripped off his clothes and realized he wasnt on fire. But the inside of the tent was smoking and smoke was rising off his body and out of the mouths of all three backpackers. The three backpackers, afraid they would be hit again, piled on top of each other in the center of the tent, away from the poles, to ride out the storm. Within an hour the storm had passed. Others campers in the area came and checked on them. No one could believe we were alive, White says. White suffered a 3-inch burn on his shoulder but no other lingering injuries. It felt like being hit by a Mack truck going 1,000 miles per hour. It was unreal. I feel like we got a second chance. The next morning, they hiked to the summit of Mount Whitney as planned, then walked 11 miles down 7,000 feet of elevation to finish their two-week trip. We were ready to be off that mountain, he says. At least 24 people have died in the United States so far this year after being struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those who survive can suffer from long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, fatigue, weakness, and more. (The photo at top shows Colton in the tent, Ian in the center and Joshua at the right, after the tent they were in was struck by lightning.)
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 3 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 10 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 7 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 06:00 PM Injured Cody Sines  16.0  Shanksville PA 
 USA 
  inside house in kitchen    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
WJAC) -- A Pennsylvania teenager was struck by lightning Tuesday while inside his home in Shanksville. He has burns on his arm and doctors want to rule out a concussion, but he survived to tell his story. Cody Sines said he was never afraid of thunder and lightning before, but since this extraordinary experience, he plans to be more careful for the next storm. "I don't quite want to be standing here, next to this," said Sines, point to his family's kitchen stove. "I would more-so likely like to be where there are no electronics where I could get zapped again." Sines said he was relaxing from a long day at work when he went to the kitchen to grab dinner. He said it started storming outside, and just before he went back for seconds, that's when the unexpected happened. "I grabbed to hold it here, and that's when I heard a loud 'bang,'" said Sines. "I looked up, a big, blue ball of flame came out, and that's the last thing I remember." Little did he know, lightning hit a tree in the back yard, traveled through the ground and into the home. "I heard this loud 'crack,'" said his mother, Michelle Bittner. "It was the loudest crack I have ever heard. " Bittner said she could see straight into the kitchen when her son was knocked unconscious. "I just saw him flow, just 'boom,' across the room and hit the back of the sink," said Bittner. "He just slid down and started twitching." Bittner said she called 911. Sines said he remembers momentarily waking up and not being able to move. He said he felt a tingling sensation all over his body. "I feel I'm very lucky that it didn't turn out to be worse," said Sines. He is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are keeping an eye on him to make sure there aren't any future complications. WJAC
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 2 of 10 soldiers  16.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in tent on range  N/A  Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Lightning struck a New Jersey National Guard unit training at Fort Drum By DAVID C. SHAMPINE TIMES STAFF WRITER THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012 ARTICLE OPTIONS A A FORT DRUM  Ten members of the New Jersey National Guard were on a Fort Drum range to discuss their training schedule when, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, lightning struck their tent, injuring them all, their units spokesman said. None of the injuries was serious, 1st Sgt. David Moore said. Six suffered minor injuries and were able to resume their training Wednesday, while four others were under the care of the New Jersey 50th Infantry medical unit, he said. Those four were expected to return to duty soon, Sgt. Moore said. At least one victim was taken to Carthage Area Hospital and another to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, but nobody was admitted to a hospital as a result of the incident, the sergeant said. Their brigade in the 50th Infantry Combat Team was participating in individual and collective skills training, including weaponry qualification, as they prepare for readiness in case the unit receives orders for deployment, he said. Sgt. Moore said Tuesdays incident will be reviewed by a safety inspection team. Reports Tuesday night indicated the unit was in training on or near Range 23, near Weaver Road and Russell Turnpike. Guilfoyle Ambulance, which has a contract to serve Fort Drum, responded to the scene and transported some victims. Six battalions of the 50th, consisting of about 2,000 soldiers, began their Fort Drum tour on Aug. 8, and they head for their home base at Lawrenceville, N.J., on Aug. 24, the sergeant said.
Tue, 08/14/2012 06:00 PM Injured Cody Sines  16.0  Shanksville PA 
 USA 
  inside house in kitchen     
WJAC) -- A Pennsylvania teenager was struck by lightning Tuesday while inside his home in Shanksville. He has burns on his arm and doctors want to rule out a concussion, but he survived to tell his story. Cody Sines said he was never afraid of thunder and lightning before, but since this extraordinary experience, he plans to be more careful for the next storm. "I don't quite want to be standing here, next to this," said Sines, point to his family's kitchen stove. "I would more-so likely like to be where there are no electronics where I could get zapped again." Sines said he was relaxing from a long day at work when he went to the kitchen to grab dinner. He said it started storming outside, and just before he went back for seconds, that's when the unexpected happened. "I grabbed to hold it here, and that's when I heard a loud 'bang,'" said Sines. "I looked up, a big, blue ball of flame came out, and that's the last thing I remember." Little did he know, lightning hit a tree in the back yard, traveled through the ground and into the home. "I heard this loud 'crack,'" said his mother, Michelle Bittner. "It was the loudest crack I have ever heard. " Bittner said she could see straight into the kitchen when her son was knocked unconscious. "I just saw him flow, just 'boom,' across the room and hit the back of the sink," said Bittner. "He just slid down and started twitching." Bittner said she called 911. Sines said he remembers momentarily waking up and not being able to move. He said he felt a tingling sensation all over his body. "I feel I'm very lucky that it didn't turn out to be worse," said Sines. He is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are keeping an eye on him to make sure there aren't any future complications. WJAC
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured teen   18.0  Stoystown PA 
 USA 
http://tribune-democrat.com/latestnews/x685078116/
 
on road    Outside,Road 
Local News in Brief | Teen reported struck by lightning The Tribune-Democrat STOYSTOWN  An area teen was reportedly was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon on Lambertsville Road in the Stoystown area. The strike occurred near the roads intersection with Skyline Drive. The 18-year-old was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment, a Somerset County 911 supervisor said. The teens condition was not available.
Tue, 08/14/2012 09:13 PM Injured 1 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  at gun range    Military,Outside 
Reports: Soldiers struck by lightning at Fort Drum range Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:36 PM Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 6:52 AM By Douglass Dowty, The Post-Standard Follow 2 Share Email Print Fort Drum, NY -- As many as 10 soldiers were struck by lightning on a range tonight at Fort Drum, according to The Watertown Daily Times. A spokesperson for the base confirmed the strike, but had no further information shortly before midnight. A Jefferson County 911 dispatcher said the base's emergency personnel handled the incident. The Watertown newspaper reached a base spokesman, Maj. Joshua T. Jacques, who was unable to provide any further information. The newspaper said reports indicated five patients, with at least two being transported to nearby hospitals after the 9:13 p.m. strike. The site was reportedly Range 23, near Weaver Road and Russell Turnpike.
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0   
 India 
       
Two killed in lightning strike in Hazaribagh PTI Hazaribagh , August 14, 2012 First Published: 18:37 IST(14/8/2012) Last Updated: 18:38 IST(14/8/2012) share share on facebookshare on linkedinshare on googleshare on emailmore... 1 Comment email print Two women were on Tuesday killed and four persons injured when lightning struck them at different places in Hazaribagh, police said. A woman, identified as Sumitra Devi, was killed on the spot at Pipratand village and three of her family members, including her husband, suffered serious injuries, the police said. All of them were admitted to the Katkumsandi Block hospital, police said. They were going to the hospital for check-up of their ailing children when the tragedy occured, police said. In the second incident at Keredari, one Shanti Devi died and one person was injured when the thunderbolt struck them when they were engaged in paddy transplantation.
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Ian Richmond, 3 of 3  26.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Insurance,Outside,Tent 
Sun, 08/12/2012 08:30 PM Injured 6 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Sat, 08/11/2012 12:00 PM Killed 13 killed, 15 hurt  0.0  Dhaka  
 India 
       
13 die as lightning strikes Bangladesh mosque AFP | Aug 11, 2012, 07.26PM IST Article Comments (19) inShare Read More:Ramadan|Lightning|Global Warming|Bangladesh 19 People arrive for evening prayers during the month of Ramajan at the national mosque in Dhaka on Saturday.(REUTERS Pics) DHAKA: At least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh as they held special Ramadan prayers, police said on Saturday. The imam was among those instantly killed when a lightning bolt hit the tin-and-thatch building at Saraswatipur village, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the capital Dhaka, late on Friday. The lightning appeared to "electrify" the mosque after hitting a rooftop microphone being run on power from a car battery, local council member Abul Kalam told AFP by telephone. About 35 people from the village in the lake district of Sunamganj were holding prayers known as taraweeh -- offered during the holy fasting month of Ramadan -- at the time, police chief Bayes Alam said. "All 13, including the imam, died on the spot. The bodies and faces of some of the victims were burnt," Alam told AFP, adding six of the injured were hospitalised. Locals had turned the flimsy structure into a mosque because access to the village's more substantial concrete-roofed mosque had been made difficult due to recent heavy rains that have swollen the Saraswati river. Villagers rushed to help after hearing cries, Kalam said. "It was a terrible scene. Dozens were lying on the floor -- some dead, others writhing in pain," he said, adding most of the victims were young men in their 20s and 3Os. "We took the injured in three boats and headed to hospital in Dharmapasa", the closest big town, he said. "But it took hours to get there," he added. Lightning is a major threat in Sunamganj, home to some of Bangladesh's biggest lakes. Most lightning strikes occur during the monsoon season between June and September when the district receives huge amounts of rainfall. Across the South Asian country, hundreds of people are killed by lightning strikes every year, with most dying while attempting to save rice crops from flooding. Bangladeshi environmentalists blame global warming, which has unleashed a growing number of tropical storms, for the increase in the frequency, devastation and deaths caused by lightning strikes in recent years. In May last year, at least 29 people were killed -- most of them farmers who were harvesting rice -- and dozens injured when a series of lightning strikes hit several districts in a single day.
Fri, 08/10/2012 12:00 PM Injured Kyle Cook  0.0  Bartow FL 
 USA 
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120811/news/208
 
working on road crew    Construction site,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Road,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Road worker struck by lightning on S.R. 60 By CLIFFORD PARODY Ledger Media Group Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. BARTOW -- "Dude you just got struck by lightning." Those were the first words Kyle Cook heard when he came to last night after being struck by lightning on Bartow Highway while working to repave a section of the road before the State Road 60 intersection. Cook and his fellow road workers had checked weather reports and seen that a storm was approaching, but they were told to continue working. After his street sweeper got caught in a sewer, Cook jumped off to try to dislodge it. His right hand was resting on a metal part of the sweeper, when lightning hit nearby. "My boss said he saw a bright light and then heard the boom," Cook said. "He said I fell to the ground instantly." Cook doesn't remember much from the incident, but he does recall the pain he felt when he came to. "I was in the most tormented pain I've ever felt in my life," he said. "I don't ever cry, but I was in tears." Cook suffered burns on his right hand, and has a blister on his left hand where the electricity left his body. The strike also gave him a concussion, and doctors told him he would experience mild amnesia, but Cook was released this afternoon and is just happy to be alive. "The doctors said I am one in a million," Cook said. "I'm counting my blessings."
Thu, 08/09/2012 12:00 PM Injured window washer  0.0  Atlanta GA 
 USA 
  securing ropes    Indirect,Outside,Rope,Window,Work 
ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon. It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes. Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there. The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time.
Thu, 08/09/2012 11:55 AM Injured worker   0.0  Pensacola FL 
 USA 
  sittin in covered area    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Man hospitalized after being struck by lightning at construction site Worker taken to area hospital 11:30 PM, Aug 8, 2012 | Comments A A Purchase Image One man was hospitalized after being struck by lightning at a construction site at 12th Avenue and Airport Boulevard. / Kaycee Lagarde/klagarde@pnj.com Written by | By Kaycee Lagarde FILED UNDER News Local News Purchase ImageZOOM One man was hospitalized Wednesday after being struck by lightning at a construction site at the corner of Tippin Avenue and Airport Boulevard in Pensacola. / Kaycee Lagarde/klagarde@pnj.com ADS BY PULSE 360 AdChoices 1 Shocking Tip To Kill Belly Fat Celebrity Doctor Reveals 1 Simple Trick To Lose 27lbs This Summer OnlineConsumerLifestyles.com West Yarmouth: Mom Makes Botox Doctors Angry Massachusetts: Mom Reveals Clever $5 Wrinkle Therapy That Makes Botox Doctors Furious SmartConsumerLiving.com West Yarmouth Arrest Records Who do you know in West Yarmouth that's been arrested? You? Your friends? InstantCheckmate.com A man was injured Wednesday when lightning struck a construction site at the corner of 12th Avenue and Airport Boulevard. The man was hospitalized, according to Escambia County public safety officials. His identity and the extent of his injuries were not immediately known. He had been in a covered picnic area with a group of people who also felt the impact but were not injured. The site is the future home of the Hyatt Place hotel, a Robins & Morton construction project for Innisfree Hotels. An employee at Robins & Morton said the man was struck about noon and was knocked from the bench where he was sitting. The man was knocked unconscious, and he complained about not being able to feel anything below his waist after regaining consciousness. He also was disoriented and complained about being in a lot of pain before being taken to the hospital, according to the employee who was nearby at the time of the strike. Crews returned to work after the incident but kept an eye on the weather. Robbins & Morton senior superintendent Douglas Bowerman said the crew would move to a secure area if weather conditions called for it.
Wed, 08/08/2012 12:00 PM Injured Arman Shafazand, 1 of 2  0.0  Coquitiam BC 
 Canada 
  checking on bunny cage    Outside 
CTV British Columbia Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 7:21PM PDT Last Updated Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 7:27PM PDT A Coquitlam, B.C. resident who was struck by lightning during Tuesday nights storm managed to survive unscathed, and shared his incredible tale with CTV News. Arman Shafazand, who was one of two people who survived lightning strikes overnight, was checking the roof of his familys backyard bunny cage when he was hit. For a split second I could see all the light around my hand and even right through my left arm, Shafazand said. It felt like probably 10,000 pounds just nailed me onto the ground. His family rushed outside immediately, terrified that he had been killed. My mom ran out here and told my dad to come in and he was holding his head, Shafazands daughter Nina said. They called 911 while Shafazand screamed in pain for up to half an hour. He was rushed to hospital but after several hours and numerous tests, he was released  numb, but without a mark on him. Every doctor that came to see me last night, they told me, Oh, you should go play 649, Shafaznad said. Another man in South Surrey who was struck during the storm, which cut power to roughly 15,000 homes in the Lower Mainland, was taken to hospital and also appears to be in fair health. With a report from CTV British Columbias Keri Adams Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-man-struck-by-lightning-lives-to-tell-the-tale-1.908267#ixzz23987ey2y
Wed, 08/08/2012 01:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 working on crane  0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  working on tower with bucket truck    Burnt,Crane,Electric/Line workers,Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Touching a vehicle,Work 
2 workers struck by lightning JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two men working a crane by a cellphone tower in Dinsmore were struck by lighting Wednesday afternoon, according to Jacksonville Fire-Rescue. Rescuers were called to the 8800 block of Moncrief Dinsmore Road in Northwest Jacksonville just after 1 p.m. A supervisor told Channel 4's Kumasi Aaron that the two men were doing work on the tower in the 8800 block of Moncrief Dinsmore Road when a "freak" lightning strike hit both men. He said no one saw any lightning or heard thunder before the strike. Both men were taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and are expected to be OK and released soon. The supervisor said one of the men was in a bucket hanging from the crane and that both had burns on their stomachs near their safety harness belts. They were both talking before they were transported. Doctors at Shands say it's not just the burns on the outside that affect patients struck by lightning, but burns on the inside. "The bones will sometimes conduct electricity in a bad way and will actually heat up internal muscles and organs and those kinds of things, and so it can cause a lot of internal burn injuries that you wouldn't expect," said Dr. David Caro, of Shands. The supervisor said work on the tower resumed Wednesday and was targeted to be finished by nightfall.
Wed, 08/08/2012 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 working on crane   0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120811/news/208
 
working on tower with bucket truck  N/A  Burnt,Construction site,Crane,Electric/Line workers,Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Road worker struck by lightning on S.R. 60 By CLIFFORD PARODY Ledger Media Group Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. BARTOW -- "Dude you just got struck by lightning." Those were the first words Kyle Cook heard when he came to last night after being struck by lightning on Bartow Highway while working to repave a section of the road before the State Road 60 intersection. Cook and his fellow road workers had checked weather reports and seen that a storm was approaching, but they were told to continue working. After his street sweeper got caught in a sewer, Cook jumped off to try to dislodge it. His right hand was resting on a metal part of the sweeper, when lightning hit nearby. "My boss said he saw a bright light and then heard the boom," Cook said. "He said I fell to the ground instantly." Cook doesn't remember much from the incident, but he does recall the pain he felt when he came to. "I was in the most tormented pain I've ever felt in my life," he said. "I don't ever cry, but I was in tears." Cook suffered burns on his right hand, and has a blister on his left hand where the electricity left his body. The strike also gave him a concussion, and doctors told him he would experience mild amnesia, but Cook was released this afternoon and is just happy to be alive. "The doctors said I am one in a million," Cook said. "I'm counting my blessings."

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