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Thu, 09/20/2012 12:00 PM Killed 11 killed   0.0  Purnia  
 India 
       
Purnia: Lightning claimed 11 lives while over 18 persons were seriously injured including women and children, when it struck different villages across Purnia district on Tuesday afternoon. While lightning killed three persons each under Banmankhi and Dhamdaha subdivisions, one each lost their lives at Barharakothy, Kasba, Gulabbagh, Amour and Dagarua under Purnia and Baisi subdivisions. The lightning struck when it was pouring very heavily on Tuesday afternoon, official sources said. Lightning struck a school teacher, Dilip Paswan, of Araria district when he was attending the cremation of a woman at Jeevachpur village under Parsahi panchayat under Banmankhi subdivision. Over half-a-dozen persons, who were injured in the lightning at the cremation ground, were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Banmankhi, official sources said. Banmankhi SDO Manoj Kumar Jha, confirming three deaths under the subdivision, said some of the injured persons were later shifted to Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Others killed in Banmankhi included Muneshwari Devi, 50, at Narayanpur and Neha Parveen, 18, at Gudiya Madarsa tola. Among those who were killed by the lightning were three girls Pooja Kumari, Neha Parveen and Fekni Kumari besides Suman Kumar, Rajiv Kumar Das and Nitish Kumar. A sexagenarian, Mohd Mujib, too, lost his life when lightning struck Amour. Quite a few of those injured are being treated at Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Purnia DM N Saravanan Kumar said the officials have been directed to give Rs 1.50 lakh each to the kin of the deceased within 48 hours.
Wed, 09/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Golf course pays fine  0.0  CT 
 USA 
http://www.norwichbulletin.com/x551366575/Connecti      Golf Course,Legal 
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn.  The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has paid an $11,600 fine and made safety changes at its Lake of Isles golf course after a lightning strike in June injured 15 workers. The workers were hurt when lightning hit near a wooden restroom building where they were taking shelter from the June 25 storm. None of the injuries was serious. Archie Cart, the course's general manager, tells the Day of New London the tribe and manager Troon Golf agreed to a settlement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Aug. 30. He says the safety changes include the installation of lightning-tracker software that will enable management to know when lightning is within 30 miles and get people off the course and into the main clubhouse. Read more: Mashantucket golf course pays fine after lightning strike - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x551366575/Connecticut-golf-course-pays-fine-after-lighting-strike#ixzz270ds7HdG
Wed, 09/19/2012 06:00 AM unknown NOAA wrong  0.0  Austin TX 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  NOAA safety expert gives wrong info    Bad Safety info 
I wrote recently about an Austin man and two companions who survived a lightning strike while backpacking near Mount Whitney in California. The article (read it here) spurred a response from Donna Franklin, who leads the National Weather Services Lightning Safety Awareness Program. Every year we see the same thing over and over: Men who are enjoying the great outdoors when a thunderstorm moves in and they make bad decisions which lead to death or injury, Franklin said. Of the 24 deaths due to lightning strikes so far in 2012, three have occurred in Texas. The Lone Star State is tied with Florida for the most lightning related deaths. Franklin says following some basic safety rules can prevent lightning deaths. She shared these tips for people stuck in the backcountry during a storm: 1. Know and pay attention to local weather patterns. Change your plans if thunderstorms are predicted. Set turn-around times that will get you off exposed terrain before afternoon storms pop up. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike and you should head to safe terrain. 2. Lightning tends to hit high points and the surrounding area. Avoid peaks, ridges and higher ground during a thunderstorm. If your tent is on a ridge or near a tree, get out and move to safer terrain until the storm passes. 3. Avoid trees and bushes that that are taller than others. Look for a ravine or depression before a storm hits. If youre with a group, spread out at 20-foot intervals to reduce the risk of multiple injuries. Never huddle together. 4. Most lightning deaths are caused by ground current. If lightning is nearby, get in the lightning position. Never lie flat on the ground. Reduce your overall footprint by putting your feet close together. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Andy Tullis)
Tue, 09/18/2012 12:00 PM Killed 10 killed in Bihar  0.0  Bihar 
 India 
       
Lightning kills 10 in Bihar Submitted by admin4 on 18 September 2012 - 9:59pm India News By IANS, Patna : At least 10 people, including women and children, have been killed after being struck by lightning in Bihar's Purnia district Tuesday, an official said. The deaths took place in villages of Dhamdaha, Banmankhi, Kasba and Gulabbagh police stations in Purnia. "Most of them were killed by bolts of lightning," said an official of the state disaster management department. Over half a dozen people were injured and are currently hospitalised, he said. Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the state Monday and Tuesday morning. Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common, with villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts most at risk.
Mon, 09/17/2012 12:00 PM Killed Daniel Colinet  51.0  Batavia  
 Guyana 
http://www.stabroeknews.com/2012/news/stories/09/1    N/A   
Efforts to locate Bartica boat captain, Daniel Colinet who fell overboard near the mining community after being struck by lightning on Monday afternoon came up empty handed yesterday. The mans sister, Vera Colinet told this newspaper yesterday that since daybreak yesterday search teams were combing the waters outside Batavia, the community close to where the accident occurred as well as other areas along the Essequibo River for her brother. She said the regional authorities and the police have been leading the search for the&.. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday September 21, 2012  After an intensive two-day search operation, the body of Daniel Collinet, a boat captain who was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon, has been recovered by police and regional authorities. Collinets badly burnt body was found on Wednesday morning in the Essequibo River in the vicinity of Wolga. He had been missing since the tragedy occurred while he was ferrying schoolchildren home from Bartica. According to Region Seven Chairman Gordon Bradford, regional officials had recovered the body and it had been positively identified by Collinets relatives. He added that the deceased had suffered massive burns. The deadly incident reportedly took place in bad weather around 4:00 pm on Monday when Collinet was struck by a lightning bolt and plunged overboard. The schoolchildren aboard the vessel reportedly scanned the water to locate him, but were rewarded by no more than the sight of the charred life jacket that the captain had been wearing, floating in the river. One of the students, 13-year-old Marco Klass, was also shocked, burnt, and pitched into the river during the incident. The youngster fortunately managed to swim back to the boat and was pulled to safety by his schoolmates. The boy was subsequently rushed to the Bartica Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where he was said to be recovering from the ordeal. Collinet, 51, of West Indian Housing Scheme, in Bartica, Cuyuni/Mazaruni, was operating the boat Miss Emma on one of his regular school runs and was reportedly nearing the community of Batavia when the tragedy unfolded. He had worked with the regional administration for over 15 years and was said to have been a friendly Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/guyana_news/617319.html#ixzz28FheweOZ
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 4 of 4 @ school (child)  5.0  Jacksonville TX 
 USA 
  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 1 of 4 @ school (teacher)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
 USA 
http://www.kltv.com/story/19540133/2-teachers-mom-  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Parking Lot,School 
2 teachers, mom and child taken to hospital after lightning strike Posted: Sep 13, 2012 7:19 PM EDT Updated: Sep 14, 2012 12:28 PM EDT By Elizabeth Thomas - email JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Four people were taken to the hospital for evaluation, after a lightning strike near Fred Douglass Elementary School in Jacksonville. It happened Thursday afternoon, around 3:15, as teachers were helping students into their rides after school. Two of the people taken to the hospital were teachers. The other two were a mom and her five year old. Now, they were not directly struck by the lightning, but they said they did feel a tingle. Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 2 of 4 @ school (teacher)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
 USA 
  helping students into rides after school  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School 
JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - A warning about the danger of lightning after a strike near four East Texans sent them to the hospital. The lighting struck the parking lot at Fred Douglass Elementary School in Jacksonville, affecting three teachers and a young child. The four patients are doing just fine. They were treated and released with minor injuries Thursday. Doctors say they're lucky. Injuries from lighting can range from minor shock to death. With more storms on the way through East Texas, experts are warning you to be very careful if you're outside during a storm. Emergency Room Physician D. Thomas Curtis has treated many patients affected by lightning, and Thursday, he added four more to that list. "Three were in a car that had a near strike with lightning and one was another patient who was outside with an umbrella raised, barefoot and did actually get some lightning strike and had a sensation of electrical shock," Curtis says. The Jacksonville ISD Superintendent says the lightning struck a puddle in the parking lot, and electricity was conducted through the water. That's why the teacher standing barefoot in the water, holding a metal umbrella -- felt a strong electrical shock. Injuries from lightning can be minor, but more often, they're severe. "You can receive electrical burns, that are actually thermal burns that can burn through the body, and cause major tissue damage. You can sustain arrhythmia where your heart actually stops beating because of the electrical shock and those would be potentially life threatening," Curtis says. With rain and storms expected to continue on a Friday, it's football coaches and trainers who are making sure their fans and students are safe from the lightning and they do that with a device called a Thunderbolt. It's a small device that tracks how far away the lighting is, and if there's any danger they tell everyone to get inside. Grace Community High School Head Football Coach Mike Maddox says, "It will determine if the lightning is 5-8 miles away or if it's 3-5 miles away of if it's 1-3 miles." When lightning is 3-5 miles away, coaches blow their whistles and send everyone inside. "You just can't take chances.," Maddox says. "We can replay a ball game. There are plenty of ball games in life but we can't take chances with peoples' health and peoples' lives." At those football games, when lightning gets close enough, the game is put on hold for 30 minutes. In that time if lightning strikes again, they have to wait another 30 minutes. If you are outside at a place like a football field when there is lightning, experts say you should not take cover under bleachers. They are metal and that is very dangerous. You want to go inside a building, or if you can't get inside, the next safest place is your car where it's insulated. Experts also say you don't want to be under what experts call an "anntenae," meaning a tall tree in a flat field, or a single tractor in a pasture. If you are near the only tall object around, you are more likely to become a target for a lightning strike.
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 3 of 4 @ school (mom)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
 USA 
  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Tue, 09/11/2012 12:00 PM unknown Mother sues Boy Scouts  0.0  Salt Lake City UT  
 USA 
  legal  N/A  Legal 
Mothers of Scouts struck by lightning recall boys friendship Lawsuit » Boy Scouts spokesman says safety is a priority, but moms say sons were left to fend for themselves. By Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Sep 11 2012 04:59 pm " Last Updated Sep 12 2012 08:54 am West Jordan " Sean Smith doesnt talk much about his friends death. But his mother can see the 13-year-old is still reeling from the loss of his constant companion, 12-year-old David Rayborn. "You simply would never, ever see them without being with each other. They were literally tied at the hip," BettyJean Smith said Tuesday. Photos Related Stories Utah family suing Boy Scouts over sons death by lightning Published September 10, 2012 Boy Scouts denies responsibility in Utah drowning death Published September 11, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment When her son recently announced he had his first girlfriend, Smith thought wistfully that David would also be paired off. "All the things he was going to do along with David, he has to do without one of the most important people in his life," she said. David died last summer after he was struck by lightning while at a Boy Scout camping trip near Scofield. The boys mothers spoke out Tuesday in a news conference with their attorney. The families are suing the Boy Scouts of America and the organizations Orem-based National Parks Council, alleging they failed to follow their own rules for lightning safety. "There is a great hole in my heart that will never be filled. I miss my son every day, and his three brothers miss him," said Connie Rayborn, tears in her eyes. A Boy Scouts of America spokesman declined to comment on the specific allegations in the suit Tuesday, but said in a statement the "health and safety of our youth members is a top priority." "Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families and all who are affected by this tragic accident," said Deron Smith via email, adding that leaders "work tirelessly to help ensure the safety and well-being of our members." But the mothers said Tuesday no one told the boys where to go when the storm rolled in to Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch on July 13, 2011. "It was sort of every man or boy for himself during this lightning storm, and it shouldnt be that way," said attorney Ron Kramer. story continues belowstory continues below Sean and David were playing horseshoes during a free time period when it started to rain and hail. It wasnt the first storm of their trip, which occurred during the southern Utah monsoon season. Instead of instructing the boys to take shelter in a permanent mess hall 100 feet away, as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting, the group scattered, Kramer said Tuesday. While some sought shelter in cars, a group of Scouts and adults headed up the ridge line. Sean, who has asthma, fell behind. David slowed to walk with him to the campsite. Hiking alone, the boys were within 30 feet of a lean-to structure at the campsite when lightning struck David in the chest and indirectly struck Sean. Both boys lost consciousness. Sean awoke to find David about 10 feet away and ran to the lean-to for help. When no one could revive David, his body was placed in an ambulance with Sean. "If they had gone into the mess hall instead of hiking to the top of the ridge, my son would be here with me," Rayborn said. The five-day excursion to Scofield was the boys first Scout camping trip. David had been a Scout since age 8, Sean since age 10. The 25 boys were chaperoned by parent volunteers and three local leaders called to the job by their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward. The families have no plans to sue the church, and fault the Boy Scouts for not adequately preparing local leaders to deal with lightning risks. "I feel Scout leaders were just as misinformed as we were," Smith said. Rayborn said Boy Scout officials told her about her sons death, but stopped communicating when she asked for their reports on his death the following month. One goal of the suit, Kramer said, it to get information about Davids death. Another is to push the organization to improve safety training and standards. Photos Related Stories Utah family suing Boy Scouts over sons death by lightning Published September 10, 2012 Boy Scouts denies responsibility in Utah drowning death Published September 11, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment "If the Boy Scouts of America would have only followed the rules imposed, this never would have happened," Kramer said. "Were hoping to send a message that Boy Scouts and their adult leaders need to be kept safe." The suit also seeks damages of at least $300,000. lwhitehurst@sltrib.com Twitter: @lwhitehurst PROVO  A wrongful death suit has been filed against the Boy Scouts of America and its National Parks Council by the families of two Utah Scouts struck by lightning a year ago. One of the Scouts, 12-year-old David Rayborn of South Salt Lake, was killed in the July 13, 2011, accident at Scofield Reservoir. His best friend, Sean Smith, 12, was also struck by lightning and injured but survived. The wrongful death suit is the second filed against the Boy Scouts of America in Utah since July. The boys and their leaders sought shelter from a hailstorm "on top of a ridge," rather than inside the mess hall that was 100 feet away, the families contend. The civil lawsuit was filed in 4th District Court in Provo by the families of the two boys struck by lightning. In the suit, the parents say the Scout leaders on that day failed to recognize the safety risks of taking the boys camping in an area where there had been a lot of thunderstorm activity and where they would potentially be exposed to lightning. The camp health officer "knew, or should have known, that there was no safe place in the outdoors from lightning and that the only completely safe action for the Scouts and their leaders is to get inside a safe building or vehicle at the very first sign of thunder, lightning, or dark threatening clouds overhead," the lawsuit states. Not all the leaders who were with the Scouts that day "were adequately trained to recognize and adequately respond to hazardous weather conditions," the lawsuit states. The boys and their leaders sought shelter from a hailstorm "on top of a ridge," rather than inside the mess hall that was 100 feet away, the families contend. David and Sean were slower than the rest to climb to the top of the ridge because of Sean's asthma. David "didn't want to leave his friend," according to the lawsuit, and stayed with him. They were 30 feet from the campsite when David was struck directly in the chest by lightning. Sean was not directly struck but was knocked over by the blast. Sean still suffers dizziness, memory loss, depression, fatigue, back pain and post-traumatic stress disorder due to the incident, according to court records. The lawsuit contends the National Parks Council and the Boy Scouts had information that storms were in the forecast, that the area where the Scouts were camping had been hit by lightning for the past seven days prior to David and Sean's arrival, and that the camps on top of ridges were "defectively placed" in an area that tended to attract lightning. The Boy Scouts of America requires Scout leaders of outdoor activities to receive online training about lightning safety. David was one of two Boy Scouts who died in Utah on that day. In a separate incident, David Christopher Tuvell, 12, of Las Vegas, died while participating in a SCUBA event at the Bear Lake Aquatics Base in northern Utah. Tuvell's family filed a wrongful death suit against the Boy Scouts in July, claiming inadequate training and defective equipment. Email:preavy@ksl.com
Tue, 09/11/2012 12:00 PM Injured boy   0.0  Laikipia  
 Kenya 
       
Kenya: Lightning Injures Laikipia Boy Tagged: Climate, East Africa, Environment, Kenya, Legal Affairs BY WANJOHI GAKIO, 11 SEPTEMBER 2012 Comment A standard seven boy is nursing injuries after he was struck by lightning at Manyatta in Laikipia West. Mutara ward councillor John Kinyua said the boy, Irungu Kabutu, was sheltering from rain on a verandah of a house when he was hit by the lightning. He said Irungu was grazing his father's cows and when the rain fell, he took cover ata neighbour's home. "The house owner was inside and when he came out after the thunderstorm, he found the boy writhing in pain. He observed that one of the boy's shoes had come off and a hen had been struck dead," said the councilor. The boy was rushed to Nyahururu district hospital where he was treated scalds on the head and discharged. The councilor urged the government to build lightning arresters in the area. Meanwhile bodies of two children were yesterday retrieved from River Ngare Naro in Nyahururu town. Nyandarua North OCPD Gababa Darso said police were investigating circumstances under which the four year old boy and his two year old sister drowned. The children were identified as Antony Kanene and Lucy Kanene and their mother is still at large.
Tue, 09/11/2012 09:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 marines  0.0  Twentynine Palms CA 
 USA 
  during an exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Tue, 09/11/2012 09:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 marines  0.0  Twentynine Palms CA 
 USA 
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/09/marin  during an exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Marines hit by lightning during desert training By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer Posted : Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 17:32:33 EDT Two Marines were injured Tuesday night in a lightning strike at the Marine Corps desert training facility in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Neither has been identified, but Marine officials said both were participating in Enhanced Mojave Viper pre-deployment exercises at the time of the incident. They were taken by air ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where they were treated for shock and non-life threatening injuries, said 1st Lt. Sin Carrano, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The Marines have since been released back to their unit and will be monitored by their leadership to ensure their well-being, Carrano said. A Navy corpsman rushing to the Marines' aid also was slightly hurt after slipping in the steep terrain and falling down a side of the mountain, Carrano said. The corpsman was treated at the Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital and was released Wednesday afternoon. The lightning strike came as a line of thunderstorms moved across the Mojave Desert late Tuesday. A San Bernardino County sheriffs deputy told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that two Marines were standing next to each other when a lightning bolt went through one Marines arm and the force of the lightning knocked them both down.
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 10 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 9 of 10  0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 8 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 7 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 6 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 5 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 4 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 3 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 12:00 PM Killed James Pinkstaff  16.0  Lakeland FL 
 USA 
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120913/NEWS/209  putting dirt bike away under tree    All Terrain Vehicle,Indirect,Motorcycle,Outside,Under Trees 
LAKELAND - A 16-year-old apparently struck by lightning on Friday died Tuesday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. James Pinkstaff was with his family outside their home at 8114 Osborne Lane in north Lakeland loading items into a U-Haul trailer when it started to rain. James went to cover his motorized dirt bike, which he kept under an oak tree, deputies said. His mother, Angela Rock, told deputies she heard a loud boom, then found her son on the ground. James was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and died Tuesday night from his injuries, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said. Christina Burk, 24, his cousin who lives down the street, said she heard the thunder and went outside to check on her children. She said she heard her aunt screaming and ran down the street to help. She and other neighbors performed CPR on James until Emergency Medical Services arrived. The Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation, and the Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Wood said. The teen and his mother lived with relatives at the home. James was home-schooled and, Burk said, he liked outdoor activities like fishing. She said James frequently visited her house. She said he liked joking around and would play video games with her two children. "He was a big sweetheart and had a big heart," she said. Burk said the family was organizing funeral arrangements Wednesday. "He's a great person," she said. "His life was cut way too short." According to the National Weather Service's website, an average of 54 people died annually between 1981 and 2010 because of injuries from a lightning strike. The odds of being struck by lightning in a lifetime is one out of 775,000. The Polk County Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Ruhmann recommends "if it roars, go indoors." He said that if people hear thunder or see lightning, they should seek shelter at a structure with walls and a roof. news@newschief.com
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Killed Viktor Ovsyankin, 1 of 10  71.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nj_man_dead_aft  at soccer game  N/A  Before the storm,Field,Indirect,Outside,School,Soccer,Sports Field 
DEMAREST  Despite sunny skies, 71-year-old Viktor Ovsyankin of Haworth was killed in a lightning strike on the campus of the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest late Friday afternoon. A tree to the right of the school building, near a soccer practice field, was stripped clear of its bark on one side as a result of strike. It is not clear at this time if the lightning struck the man directly or if debris from the tree had fallen on the man, said Police Chief James Powderley III. First responders on the scene saw physical signs that led them to believe the man was struck by both the lightning and the debris, but the official cause will not be available until the autopsy report is completed, said Powderley. Ovsyankin was visiting the campus to watch his grandson, a freshman at the school, play soccer. At approximately 4:15 p.m., the Demarest Police Department received multiple 911 calls saying a man was possibly struck by lightning in the south soccer field, said Powderley. Police arrived on the scene to administer first aid to Ovsyankin, who was then airlifted to Hackensack University Medical Center, said Powderley. The hospital pronounced Ovsyankin dead at approximately 8:46 p.m., said Powderley. The lightning began during a soccer game between Northern Valley Regional and Packsack Valley High School. More than 100 students were on the field at the time of the lightning strike. Powderley, who had already been on the campus at the time speaking to administrators, said the lightning came out of nowhere, as the skies were clear at the time. "It sounded like a large explosion," said Powderley. "Even at that time, we werent even sure what it was." Students were evacuated into the south gym of the high school for safety purposes. Ambulance units from Englewood and Hackensack hospitals responded to the scene after nine students complained of "tingling" sensations, said Principal Bruce Sabatini. Email: noda@northjersey.com NJ man dead after lightning strike POST STAFF REPORT Last Updated: 6:17 AM, September 8, 2012 Posted: 6:11 AM, September 8, 2012 Share on emailShare on facebookMore Sharing ServicesMore Print A New Jersey man was struck by lightning and later died Friday following a sudden lightning storm. According to the Bergen Record, the 71-year-old was struck while attending his grandsons soccer game. The lightning strike happened at about 4:15 p.m. outside Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, Bergen County. Police officials said the man was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The Bergen Record reports that following the strike, nine students were hospitalized after experiencing tingling sensations. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nj_man_dead_after_lightning_strike_EJlh00PKDhJw7tvlr6y74K#ixzz25sRLRNkJ
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 2 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Wed, 09/05/2012 08:30 AM Injured employee  0.0  Kunkletown PA 
 USA 
http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?  inside at desk    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
By Andrew Scott Pocono Record Writer September 06, 2012 An employee at Stauffer Concrete Products and Excavating in Kunkletown was injured Wednesday morning when lightning hit the storage building he was in at the time, the business' bookkeeper said. The employee was in contact with a metal table inside the building when lightning struck at about 8:30 a.m., said bookkeeper Jim Henderson. The employee, whose name Henderson declined to release, was conscious and alert but in great pain when taken by ambulance to the hospital. Henderson said he was working in a separate building housing the business office when he heard the sizzle of lightning hitting the storage building. Henderson said he was thinking he needed to power down his computer when other workers rushed in and told him to call 911. "When I asked why, they said we had an employee down," he said. "So, I called 911, told one employee to go watch for the ambulance and told another to man the phones. "I then ran over to the storage building and found the employee on the ground. He was able to respond to me, but was in obvious pain. I made him as comfortable as I could until the ambulance arrived." The employee's condition was unavailable Wednesday night. The lightning strike came as a turbulent storm front, the remnants of Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Isaac, moved through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday, dumping torrents of rain, spreading debris on roads and giving the air a musty heavy feel for morning commuters. According to Pocono weather expert Ben Gelber, the National Weather Service received two reports of 5.94 inches of rain measured seven miles northeast of Stroudsburg and 5.75 inches five miles to the west. Bill Hamilton of Neola said his rain gauge showed 6.75 inches as of noon Wednesday. Other totals included: Analomink, 5.01 inches; Stroudsburg, 4.22 inches; Kresgeville, 3.02 inches; Saylorsburg, 1.50 inches. In eastern Pike County to Port Jervis totals were 3 to 4 inches. Some debris washed into the road, but no serious damage or flooding was reported.
Tue, 09/04/2012 08:00 PM Killed Eduardo Solomon  40.0  La Union province  
 Phillippines 
  in a hut     
NDRRMC: Lightning strike kills 40-year-old man in La Union September 4, 2012 9:40am 1 0 0 4 A 40-year-old man was killed after being struck by lightning in La Union province last Sunday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday. In its 6:00 a.m. report, the NDRRMC identified the fatality as Eduardo Solomon of Barangay Santa Monica in a mountainous part of Bauang town, La Union. Solomon's son Eduardo Jr., 10, found the victim's body inside their nipa hut, the NDRRMC said. The initial investigation showed that the victim and some relatives were tending their carabaos in the area on Saturday when a thunderstorm forced them to seek shelter at the hut. However, the victim failed to return home on Saturday night. The NDRRMC said the victim's relatives refused an autopsy as they believed he had been struck by lightning. - VVP, GMA News
Mon, 09/03/2012 12:00 PM Killed man   39.0  Triq il Blajjiet Marsacala 
 Malta 
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/en/newsdetails/news/n  in a field     
Miriam Dalli Updated at 7:30pm with details from police CMRU. A 39-year-old man has been reported to have died from lightning strike. The man, from Marsascala, was in a field in Triq il-Blajjiet in Marsacala with another man, when he was struck by a bolt of lightening, a police spokesperson confirmed. Police said that the other man, a 25-year-old Zabbar resident, called the victim's brother for assistance. The victim was rushed to St James Hospital in Zabbar in his brother's vehicle. He was however pronounced dead upon arrival. The men were said to be recovering in hospital suffering from shock, sources added. A resident from Zabbar told MaltaToday the men took shelter under a tree from the sudden torrential downpour that happened at around 4pm. If the man was struck directly from a lightning strike, the electricial discharge would have instantly killed him. The man might have been killed by 'side splash', if the bolt first struck the tree he was sheltering under. Ground strikes, which involves urrent passing from a strike through the ground into a nearby victim, can also happen. An estimated 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured. In the United States, it is second only to floods as the main weather killer. Trees are frequent conductors of lightning to the ground, because sap is a poor conductor and when eletricity passes through a tree it heats explosively into steam. Trees are natural lightning conductors and are known to provide protection against lightning damage to nearby buildings by diverting lightning strikes away from structures.
Sun, 09/02/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers  0.0   
 India 
       
Two farmers killed, another injured after struck by lightning Press Trust of India / Munger (Bihar) September 02, 2012, 18:05 Ads by Google Hotelinvest : Achieve attractive ROI with hotels in premium location. www.hotelinvest.org Two farmers were killed and another injured today after lightning struck them in Munger district, police said. The deceased were identified as Sushil Singh (70) and Dinesh Kumar (35), Kharagpur police station's Station House Officer (SHO) Vishwajeet said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said adding that the injured farmer, identified as Pachu Singh, has been admitted to a hospital.
Sat, 09/01/2012 04:00 AM Injured boy hunting, 2 of 2   13.0  Weber County UT  
 USA 
  hunting doves, running to cover  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Hunting,Outside 
Teenage dove hunter injured by lightning in Weber County By Michael McFall | The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Sep 01 2012 07:27 pm " Last Updated Sep 02 2012 07:33 pm A 13-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after he was struck by lightning while hunting in Weber County. The teen and a 25-year-old relative were hunting doves on a trail near 3500 West and 4000 North in Plain City when a thunderstorm blew in Saturday afternoon. The two made a run for the trail parking lot when they were struck by lightning, said Weber County Sheriffs Lt. Mark Lowther. Related Stories A wet weekend, flooding potential, ahead for Utah Published September 2, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officer who was in the parking lot saw it happen. He radioed for help and tried to resuscitate the teen, who was in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics arrived and managed to get a pulse before the teen was taken in an ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden. A medical helicopter was not immediately available because of the storm. The teen was later flown to Primary Childrens Medical Center. The teens relative had some injuries but was going to be all right, Lowther said.
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 04:15 PM Injured woman   0.0  Carbon county UT  
 USA 
  outside    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.
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Itahri  
 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. Held for cutting trees
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 women   0.0  Bharaul VDC  
 Nepal 
       
Two women of a family killed in lightning strike Two women of a family have died after being stricken by lightning in Bharaul VDC in Sunsari district Saturday morning. Laxmi Khadka, 26, and Ganga Khadka, 18, who were severely injured in the lightning strike, died while undergoing treatment at B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, local news reports said. Another injured woman is undergoing treatment at the hospital in a critical condition. They were working in the field when the lightning struck. nepalnews.com
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 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 Injured Sofia, granddaughter, 2 of 2  0.0  Eastham MA 
 USA 
  held in grandmothers arms    Indirect,Outside 
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 
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Sat, 08/18/2012 05:30 PM Injured John Lintula, 6 of 8 on sailboat  52.0  Minnesota Point MN 
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  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 boy, 4 of 8 on sailboat  7.0  Minnesota Point MN 
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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 Laurie Voight,3 of 8 on sailboat  45.0  Minnesota Point MN 
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