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Thu, 07/25/2013 12:00 AM Injured Ray Row  75.0  Prescott AZ 
 USA 
  golfing  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Golf Course,Outside 
(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- An Arizona man had to be resuscitated after being struck by lightning during a golf game on Thursday. According to the Prescott Daily Courier, 75-year-old Ray Row was on his 18th hole at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz., when he was hit by lightning. When Row wasnt responsive, two nearby golfing partners started CPR and called for help. He was not breathing and had no pulse, Rob Zazueta of the Chino Valley Fire District told the Prescott Daily Courier. We got a pulse right before he was loaded on the gurney. Row is reportedly in stable condition at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz. Row was struck by lightning just three days after a married couple were killed by a lighting strike at the LeFevre Scenic Outlook in Fredonia, Arizona. A teenage boy was also injured in that lightning strike. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio WEATHER NEWS Checking in with golfer who survived lightning strike Before firefighters' deaths, weather model showed shifting winds Being outdoors perilous during thunderstorms PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Less than two weeks ago, a 76-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course in Prescott Valley. He spent a few days in the hospital, and today, returned to the links. Roy Row was incredibly lucky. The only issues he suffered as a result of that jolt were some issues with his hands and a ruptured ear drum. 76-year-old Roy Row has been golfing for years. And although he may not be the best golfer -- it's a pass time he loves. And a pastime that almost cost him his life. "I don't know if I was walking or standing or what -- but everything tuned black." Two weeks ago -- a quick moving storm moved in while he was golfing at Antelope Hills Golf Course and he was struck by lightning. "We thought maybe he was joking at first and Dave starts going 'Roy, Roy' but of course Roy's not moving," says Dick Nichols, a friend of Roy. The hat he was wearing at the time was blown to pieces. "We rolled him over and you don't really want to know what he looked like -- he didn't look good," says Dave Hegelson, friend. "We just started CPR on him." Roy says he's been playing golf for these two buddies for years and he credits those two guys with saving his life after his heart stopped -- they performed CPR. "Without them I wouldn't be standing here. No question," says Roy. He spent a few nights in the hospital and now, just two weeks after he was struck, he's making his triumphant return to the golf course. "At this point, it's just good to be out here. It's marvelous -- you just can't imagine how good it is to be standing up on this side of the grass, that's just a phenomenal thing." Roy says he now has a new lease on life. "It is just a wonderful feeling to be alive -- I've got life to live now." Related story: Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life Lightning response saves a life Heidi Dahms Foster/Review Chino Valley Firefighter/paramedics Doug Copenhaver, Terry Jacobson and Rob Zazueta stand with Roy and Ginny Row. Firefighters, along with two of Rows friends, saved his life when he was struck by lightning on July 25 during a storm at the Antelope Hills Golf Course. Heidi Dahms-Foster Editorial Manager Roy Row is appreciating life a little more than the average person these days. That's because he nearly lost his after lightning struck him on July 25 while he was playing a round at Antelope Hills Golf Course. Row and his wife, Ginny, visited Saturday with the Chino Valley Fire District crew that helped save his life, including Firefighter/paramedics Doug Copenhaver, Terry Jacobson, and Rob Zazueta. The three were manning the Prescott Fire station at the airport, assisting Prescott after the department was devastated by the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30. Row said he regularly golfs with a group of friends. Just two weeks before he was struck, he observed a storm, and felt uncomfortable enough to leave. On July 25, the men engaged in a "typical lousy game, but we were having a good time," he said. "We had finished 17, and we were on hole 18, near the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Highway 89, when this massive dark cloud came almost over the course. As we teed off on 18, I saw this one bolt of lightning over Glassford Hill. I told the guys, 'Gee, I think things are getting dangerous here,' Row said. But they decided to play through because they were so close to finishing. Ironically, the four joked as they traveled the fairway. "Dave (Helgeson) says, 'I wonder, do you supposed you feel a lightning strike before it hits?' We jawed about this down the fairway," Row said. "When I saw Dave in the hospital I said, 'I've got the answer for you!'" In fact, Row said he had no inkling he was about to be hit. "Dave and Dick were across the fairway under the trees and Craig was about 30 feet away in the other direction," he said. "When the lightning hit me I had just looked back at Craig and he was putting his clubs away. He says at the time it occurred, he felt a tingling on his head, and ducked. When he looked up I was on the ground, and so were Dave and Dick, but they were getting up." Row said his friends thought he was pretending to be unconscious. "Dave and Dick hollered at me to get up. I didn't move and they hollered again and came over. Dave's description of my condition was, 'Well, you really don't want to know,'" he said. While his friends began chest compressions and called 911, the Mayer Fire crew had been listening to the radio crackle inside the station as the massive storm moved over the course and lightning began to strike. When the station's printer began to spit out paper, signifying a call, said Jacobsen, it was right after a big strike. That's when Zazueta said, "I bet you a golfer has been struck by lightning." Seconds later the radio dispatched them to a lightning strike. Another one of the small miracles of the day occurred that morning. A man stopped in and asked for directions to the clubhouse. Zazueta had to get the map out and direct him, and that's how, while manning an unfamiliar station, they were able to get to Row within four minutes. "We were right around the corner," Zazueta said. "Everything went right that day that needed to go right." When the crew arrived at the scene, they found Row not breathing and without a pulse. They put a monitor on him, placed defibrillator pads on his chest, and prepared to start IVs. The Lifeline Ambulance supervisor told them, "We may need to shock him." That's when, in the driving rain and as the firefighters tried to shield his body from hailstones, Jacobsen looked down and saw Row take a gulping breath. Then he felt a slow pulse that became stronger by the minute. Seeing Row return to life is, in 13 years, "definitely one of my top calls," Jacobsen said. The next thing Row remembers is Zazueta asking him to roll sideways so firefighters could remove the body board from under him at the hospital. His wife went to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott and found him "laying on a table and covered with I don't know how many blankets. He was just shaking all over." That was a good sign, she said, he was alive. Row suffered a ruptured eardrum, some minor burns on his body, and some inflammation of his eyelids and eye membranes. He said he's still pretty weak and wants to sleep a lot, but his voice, and his grip, are strong. He said he owes it all to God. "He wanted me around for some reason. I was blessed with these (firefighters) and Dave and Dick's talents to save me," he said. Zazueta said the events of the entire day were "of a higher nature." He said the crew had spent much of the day talking for the first time among themselves since their colleagues died in the Yarnell Hill fire. "The whole day was a mending process for us as a crew. We were meant to be there," he said. Row said he always has appreciated firefighters, but his admiration has increased exponentially. "This (event) brings it home in a very critical way," he said.
Thu, 07/25/2013 12:00 PM Injured man golfing  70.0  Prescott AZ 
 USA 
  golfing    Cardiac Arrest,Direct hit,Golf Course,Outside 
Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life Share on twitterShare on gmailShare on stumbleuponShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services 0 Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:04 PM EDT Updated: Jul 25, 2013 11:04 PM EDT WEATHER NEWS Days later, monsoon cleanup drags on One inch of rain in one hour causes Flagstaff flooding Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life PRESCOTT, Ariz. - A man in his 70s, who was golfing at a Prescott golf course Thursday night, was struck by lightning and almost died. According to the Chino Valley Fire Department, the bolt tore his clothing. He was unresponsive and had no heartbeat when paramedics arrived. Witnesses say the lightning struck him in the head. He suffered burns to his face and chest. The man was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. After receiving CPR, he regained a pulse and was alert and talking.
Wed, 07/24/2013 03:00 PM Killed Ratchaya Tantranon, 2 of 3 @ grand canyon  20.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop  N/A  Grand Canyon,Outside 
FREDONIA, Ariz. -- Two adults were killed and a child was injured by lightning at a scenic overlook on Highway 89A Tuesday afternoon. A bolt of lightning struck in the area of the LeFevre Overlook about eight miles north of Jacob Lake around 3 p.m., according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. A group of people was standing in the area when the husband and wife were struck. They were later pronounced dead at the scene. A boy also was struck by the lightning and knocked to the ground. He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries then transported to an area hospital. Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the child was not associated with the two other victims and was traveling with several adults. The two deceased victims were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff. The couple's names have not been released at this time. Blair said they were from out of the country.
Wed, 07/24/2013 12:00 PM Injured by, 3 of 3 @ grand canyon  0.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop    Grand Canyon,Outside 
WEATHER NEWS 2 killed after lightning hits Arizona scenic overlook Looking into Arizona's Stupid Motorist Law Flooding follows heavy rain in parts of Flagstaff FREDONIA, Ariz. - Two people were killed in northern Arizona after being struck by lightning Tuesday at about 3 p.m. Authorities say a man and woman were in the area of the LeFevre Scenic Overlook on Highway 89A, about eight miles north of Jacobs Lake, not far from Fredonia. The man and woman were in a group of people at the overlook and were pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage boy was also struck by lightning and knocked to the ground. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He is not associated with the victims. The names of the man and woman who died are being withheld until relatives can be notified. According to Coconino County Sheriff's officials, the victims lived outside the United States and were a couple, but their hometowns and ages weren't immediately available.
Wed, 07/24/2013 03:00 PM Killed Aram Kawewong, 1 of 3 @ grand canyon  20.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop  N/A  Grand Canyon,Outside 
PHOENIX, July 24 (Reuters) - A lightning bolt struck a group of sightseers at an overlook near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Ads by Google PolyPhaser & Transtector The Most Trusted Data Line, Lightning & Surge Protection talleycom.com/store/PolyPhaser Great Grand Canyon Tours Many tours to choose from departing from Las Vegas. Book online & save! www.LasVegasGrandCanyonTour.com killing a couple who were visiting from another country and injuring a boy, authorities said on Wednesday. The lightning struck at the LeFevre Overlook, about 30 miles (48 kms) north of the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, at around 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair said. "We believe there were a number of people at the rest stop, kind of milling around and looking ... and a bolt of lightning came down and affected three people," Blair told Reuters by telephone. The unidentified man and woman, who were married, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names and country of origin are being withheld pending notification of relatives, Blair said. The boy, who was traveling with another group of adults, was transported to an area hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, he said. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Ken Wills) Follow Reuters Facebook Twitter RSS YouTube RECOMMENDED VIDEO Iraqi man marries woman more than four times his junior Woman dies in roller coaster accident (0:53) North Koreas Kim attends mass games ahead of war& What you need to know about the Cyclosporiasis virus (Tork Better Business Center) A Data Center that Fits Under Your Desk (Tech Page One) [?] READ German president says whistleblowers like Snowden merit respect 26 Jul 20131Egyptian security forces shoot dead dozens of Mursi supporters| 4:44am EDT2Alabama executes man advocates said was mentally ill 25 Jul 20133Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention 26 Jul 20134Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention 12:28am EDT5 DISCUSSED 106 House rejects bid to curb spy agency data collection 89 U.S. pens letter to Russia promising protections for Snowden 85 Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out SPONSORED LINKS Improve your business. Get insights with a free SurveyMonkey survey. Trade free for 60 days and get up to $600 cash. No platform or data fees. Ads by Marchex Grand Canyon lightning victims were Thai tourists inShare Share this Email Print Related News Lightning strike kills couple, injures boy near Grand Canyon Wed, Jul 24 2013 Related Topics Cyclical Consumer Goods » PHOENIX, July 26 | Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:20pm EDT (Reuters) - A married couple killed by a lightning bolt near the Grand Canyon this week was identified on Friday as tourists visiting from Thailand. Aram Kawewong and wife Ratchaya Tantranon, both 20, were among a group of people struck by lightning on Tuesday at the LeFevre Overlook, about 30 miles (48 km) north of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said. The two tourists, from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities had been withheld pending notification kin, the sheriff's office said. The lightning bolt also struck and injured a boy who was traveling with another group of adults. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Doina Chiacu)
Wed, 07/24/2013 12:00 PM Injured Deborah Kendall  33.0   
 UK 
  saved by rubber boots ????    Outside 
Deborah Kendall believes her lucky escape was due to the fact she had been wearing her husband's wellingtons at the time Photo: Raymonds By Agencies 8:55AM BST 24 Jul 2013 Deborah Kendall, 33, was hit by the lightning bolt as she put her two-year-old daughter in her car but escaped with only pins and needles and cramp. The mother, who was struck by several million volts, told how doctors who treated her said it may have been because she was wearing her husband's rubber-soled wellies at the time. Mrs Kendall put her wellies on before stepping outside with an umbrella to shelter husband David, 36, as he carried their two-year-old daughter to their car. She said: "We needed to get going, and it was absolutely pouring with rain. "I only had little pumps on, so David said I should put his wellies on as my feet would get soaked otherwise.
Tue, 07/23/2013 12:00 PM Injured utility worker  0.0  Lauderhill FL 
 USA 
  touching vehicle    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Worker in Lauderhill injured when lightning strikes crane BY MIAMI HERALD STAFF A utility worker in Lauderhill was shocked Tuesday afternoon when lightning struck the crane he was operating. Lauderhill Fire Rescue said the accident occurred at 3601 NW Fourth St. as the worker was installing utility poles and lightning struck. At the time, the worker had his hand on the steering wheel and was jolted by electricity from the bolt. The man, whose name has not been released, suffered severe burns and was transported to Broward General Medical Center. His condition was unknown Tuesday night. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132407085511_worker-in-lauderhill-injured-when.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 3 farm workers  18.0  Bainbridge GA 
 7/22/2013 
  walking along road    Farming,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
Mon, 07/22/2013 10:00 AM Injured 3 of 3 farm workers  0.0  Bainbridge GA 
 USA 
  walking along road  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
A farm worker was killed after he was struck by lightning in southern Decatur County on Monday morning, according to officials with the Decatur County Sheriffs Office. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. Monday on the property of Lady Moon Farms, located at 741 Cool Springs Road. A 21-year-old man, whose identity was not yet available, was struck by lightning while walking outside a packing shed on the farm, Sheriff Wiley Griffin said. He died at the scene. They had just left the packing shed and were going to walk toward one of the mens house up the road, Griffin said. From what we were told, the weather wasnt too bad at the time, the lightning just struck unexpectedly. Two other men who were walking with the victim also suffered non-critical injuries and were transported to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge. Sheriffs deputies, Decatur County Fire and Rescue and the Emergency Medical Service all responded to the accident. A rain storm passed through southern Decatur County, shortly after the lightning strike. Emergency responders reported having to slow down on their way to the accident, due to heavy rain and poor road conditions.
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 PM Killed Odisha: 3 killed, 6 hurt in lightning strike  0.0  Jajpur Odisha 
 India 
       
Jajpur (Odisha): Three agricultural labourers, including two women, were killed and six others sustained severe burn injuries when lightning struck them in separate incidents in Jajpur district, the police said on Monday. The incident occurred when the victims were working in the paddy field while it was raining heavily yesterday. The deceased were identified as Ranjan Nayak (36), Labanga Mahanta (34) and Nandi Patra (18) of different villages under Sukinda police sation of Jajpur district. The injured were admitted to Danagadi and Dharmasala community health centres and were later shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack as their condition worsened, the sources said.
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 AM Killed Mauselio Gomez, 1 of 3 farm workers  21.0  Bainbridge GA 
 USA 
  walking along road    Farming,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP)  Sheriff's officials in south Georgia say a lightning strike has killed a man and left two others injured. Decatur County Sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Mauselio Gomez died when he was struck by lightning Monday morning. Authorities say his 18-year-old brother and a co-worker were both injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear. WALB-TV (http://bit.ly/132PXZc ) reports the men were farm workers and were struck by lightning as they were walking along a road in Bainbridge. Bainbridge is about 40 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Fla
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Mrs. Olsen, 1 of 2 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Jeremy Olsen, 1 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 4 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wale  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
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.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 in a tree  22.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
BETHEL, Pa. - July 23, 2008 (WPVI) -- A Delaware County police officer was hurt Wednesday night by a lightning bolt that hit the fire house he was visiting. Police say 22-year old Bethel Township officer John Carpenter stopped by the Bethel Fire Company on Faulk Road. At 7:30 p.m. Carpenter was standing in the open bay door when lightning hit the building, traveled down the door frame, and knocked the officer off his feet. He was transferred to Crozer Chester Medical Center for treatment. Doctors say Carpenter was conscious and responsive.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 in a tree  0.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree    Indirect,Outside,Tree 
HARRISONBURG, Va. Three people went to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, after they were hit by lightning on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred outside a home on the 200 block of Green Street after 2 p.m. According to the Harrisonburg Police department, the three people were in a tree when lightning struck. It hit one of them and two others felt the aftershock. Tim Godshall who lives next door from where it happened said he is shocked by the incident. "I know lightning it's dangerous but this is the first time that I have been right next to someone who was injured by it," said Godshall. However, he said he heard the strength of the storms from his home. "It was loud. It wasn't the loudest I've ever heard but most notably the lightning and the thunder were simultaneous. There wasn't any gap at all. It sounded very close," said Godshall. He said minutes later he heard the ambulance. "We were concerned as soon as we heard the sirens, that something had happened," said Godshall. The Harrisonburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Brett Hartt said incidents like this are unusual. "I have not seen too many people being struck by lighting in my career, but it does happen," said Hartt. Hartt recommends people to stay indoors even 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. "Make sure you are inside a building, if you are by a car, at least go inside the car, pull your windows up. Try to stay away from the outdoors, try not to be in the highest thing in the area. Don't lean against concrete buildings, you know seek shelter," said Hartt. This is a lesson for Godshall and his neighbors. "Storms are dangerous. It's something that I do a lot of work outside and don't really think about the danger often times but this is a reminder that it can be very dangerous," said Godshall. If you are outside when lightning strikes, the National Weather Service recommends you to get off elevated areas like hills, never lay flat on the ground and never seek shelter under a tree. Follow Estephany Escobar on Facebook and Twitter © Copyright 2013 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Greg Warner, 1 of 2 on boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Fishing boat struck by lightning Posted: Jul 21, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Updated: Jul 21, 2013 6:19 PM EDT SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) - A Kentucky couple says they saw clear skies before a lightning strike hit their fishing boat on the Tennessee River. The couple says they were heading back to Dayton to beat an oncoming storm when that bolt hit. Greg Warner was driving the boat. His wife says he was convulsing for a bit before coming back to normal. She says she saw the bolt strike right before her eyes. "it was a huge shock to the boat. It was a weird, weird, weird feeling. I don't even know how to explain what it felt like. I was just scared. Lord was I scared." Paramedics checked out her husband. They say he'll be ok, but they will need a new fishing boat.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 3 of 3 in a tree  62.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
Man Struck By Lightning While Golfing Golfer Taken To Hospital In Good Condition POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 UPDATED: 5:05 pm EST January 10, 2011 A lightning strike caused the ground to split on the eighth hole of the St. Johns Golf and Country Club golf course. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was injured by a lightning strike while he was golfing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club near County Road 210 on Monday morning. St. Johns County Deputy Graham Harris said 62-year-old Steve Chamberlin was struck while he was standing on the eighth hole at about 11 a.m. Harris said Chamberlin's friends took him to the clubhouse, and Chamberlin was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in good condition. Two men who were golfing with Chamberlin said they did not hear the lighting alarm, but were told by a passerby that play had ceased, according to a police report. The men acknowledged that person and decided to finish the hole before leaving the golf course, deputies said. Shortly after the passerby left, the lighting struck, knocking Chamberlin to the ground, according to deputies. Immediately, after being struck, Chamberlin was conscious and awake and told his friends he couldn't walk or feel his legs, deputies said. Chamberlin's friends lifted him to the golf cart and took him to the front parking lot of the clubhouse, where rescuers tended to him, deputies said. The ground where the lightning struck could be seen split in several areas. Copyright 2011 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 3 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
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Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in S  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Science 
Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in Space David Becker · Jul 24, 2013 Hey aspiring storm chasers  want to dramatically improve your lightning shots? Try getting an elevated view. Like about 400 miles up. Thats the approximate orbital height above Earth of the International Space Station, which is producing an impressive library of images showing what lightning looks like from way above. The latest (shown above), captured July 21 by astronaut Karen Nyberg, shows an early-morning storm lighting up the clouds over Southern California. Previous space voyagers have caught amazing views of storm over Africa, lightning flashes forming an abstract pattern with a meteor shower trail and the bright red flashes from sprites, upper atmosphere electrical disturbances related to lightning. Enjoy the atmospheric show, and dont forget to take off the tin-foil beanie if youre going to try this yourself. The bluish flashes are lightning This lightning photo includes an elusive red sprite Image credits: Early morning lightning, inland of LA and San Diego, by Karen Nyberg/NASA, West Coast of Africa at Night by NASA, Stunning Lyrids Over Earth at Night, NASA, Clouds, Lightning, Airlgow and Lights of Civilization in Africa by NASA, Lightning Sprite Seen from Space by NASA, thunderstorm photo by ESA astronaut André Kuipers
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Mrs. Warner, 2 of 2 on a boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
Sun, 07/21/2013 09:15 AM Injured River Guide  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  on the river    Beach,Boat,Fresh Water,Outside,Work 
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a river guide is recovering after being injured by a lightning strike at the Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials say they received a call about 9:15 p.m. Sunday about an Arizona Raft Adventures river guide needing medical attention after a lightning strike. Arizona Department of Public Safety airlifted the guide to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment of associated injuries. The name of the guide and that person's condition weren't immediately released Monday. Officials say lightning strikes at the bottom of the Grand Canyon are rare, but they have caused serious injuries and fatalities in the past at the park. Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 5 of 7 on horseback  19.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
A 19-year-old basketball enthusiast died Wednesday when he was hit by a lightning in Hacienda Sagrado, Brgy. 10, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias police chief, yesterday said the victim, identified as Ederf Valencia, was watching a basketball game on television, near the window at their house, when he was hit by lightning. However, other members of Valencia family, who were sitting beside him and also watching the game, were unharmed, although they were terrified by the loud explosion, investigations of the Victorias police showed. Rapiz said Valencia was declared dead on arrival at the Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City.*GPB
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 6 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Lightning bolt kills bricklayer on building site Monday, April 16, 2012 The Sentinel Follow AN INQUEST is due to be opened today into the death of a bricklayer who was killed by a bolt of lightning on a building site. Justin Feber, pictured right, was having a cup of tea on the building site at Wychwood Village, near Crewe, when the tragedy struck on Wednesday. Justin Feber The 41-year-old was standing with both feet on the ground and was not touching anything metallic when he collapsed following a flash of lightning and a loud bang. The father-of-one was given first aid at the scene but later died at Crewe's Leighton Hospital. Another man needed treatment for shock. Around five people are killed by a lightning bolt in the UK every year. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Emergency services were called following a report of a man being struck by lightning. "A 41-year-old man, who had been working on a building site, was treated by paramedics at the scene. "Sadly, he died a short time later at Leighton Hospital. "A second man, suffering from shock, was also taken to Leighton Hospital." He added: "Police attended the scene and confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances. "A file will now be prepared for the coroner." Justin, who lived in Lancashire, was working as a sub-contractor on a Bovis Homes development at Abbey Park Way when he was killed. The firm has offered its condolences to Justin's family and pledged its support to colleagues who had witnessed the incident. A Bovis Homes spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and extend our sincere sympathies to this man's family and friends. "Our thoughts are with them and with his colleagues, who were with him on site and responded immediately to the incident. "They have obviously been deeply affected by this and we will look to support them." The Health and Safety Executive has already been informed about Justin's death. But it confirmed it will not be not investigating the incident because the death is regarded as a one in a 10 million accident. A spokesman said: "This incident is not something that the Health and Safety Executive would normally investigate because it was the result of a freak natural occurrence." Justin was employed by Lancashire-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering. Managing director Andy Leigh said: "Justin was well-liked, highly professional and held in high regard by all those who worked with him." He added: "Our thoughts are with all who knew him at this very sad time."
Fri, 07/19/2013 01:00 PM Killed Frank Marin  54.0  Scott Reservoir AZ 
 USA 
  walking along reservoir  N/A  Beach,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Walking,Water 
UPDATE 07/19/2013 - 6:30 pm - The Navajo County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deceased from the incident earlier today. According to the Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Frank Marin of Phoenix was walking along the south edge of Scott Reservoir with his live-in girlfriend and 15-year-old grandson when he was struck by lightning at around 1 pm when a monsoon storm rolled in. Earlier reports suggested Marin was out on the water in a boat, but reports from Sheriff's deputies did not corroborate that. A medical examiner from the Navajo County Sheriff's Office was called in to confirm the cause of the death.
Fri, 07/19/2013 08:00 PM Injured Floyd Bradley  35.0  Woodville ME 
 USA 
  inside house   N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Window 
BANGOR, Maine  A series of powerful thunderstorms hit part of Maine on Friday, resulting in injuries for at least two people  one of whom was struck by lightning in Woodville and another who was hurt by a falling tree in Greenville. Details about the accidents  as well as the names and ages of the people involved  were not available at press time, as public safety personnel remained busy late Friday night clearing downed trees and investigating reports of fires and other emergencies. The National Weather Service in Caribou had issued a hazardous weather outlook notice for central and southern Pisacataquis County, central and southern Penobscot County, coastal Hancock County and coastal and northern Washington County. The notice stated that there was potential for severe thunderstorms Friday evening, with the highest threat mainly across the central highlands and interior Down East areas. Some of the stronger storms were predicted to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail. Some storms also may have rotation, the notice stated. Central Maine Power reported nearly 13,000 customers were without power early Saturday morning, largely in Somerset, Kennebec and Oxford counties. At 10 p.m., Bangor Hydro reported the number of affected customers had almost tripled to 9,181 from the 3,245 customers without power at 8:30 p.m. Bangor Hydro crews were dispatched Friday night to restore power to several thousand customers left without service due to the damaging storms. Towns affected included Bradley, Milford, Hudson, Mattawamkeag, Lee, East Millinocket, Medway, Lincoln and surrounding communities. Many of those without service at that time were not expected to see it restored until 4 a.m. Saturday, spokesman Bob Potts said. Fridays thunderstorms began wreaking havoc in parts of Aroostook and Penobscot counties about 3 p.m. and still were doing so as of 9:30 p.m., by which time the severe storm action had arrived in Greater Bangor. A member of the Lincoln Fire Department confirmed reports that someone was struck by lightning in Woodville but did not yet have details. He did, however, say that the person was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital for treatment. Also on Friday, the weather service noted that it had received a report that a large tree fell on a person in Greenville, causing injuries, and that another large tree fell on a car in Brownville. In addition, trees and powerlines went down along Route 11 in Grindstone and in Lincoln. Numerous other communities reported trees down, including Grand Lake Matagamon, Wytopitlock, Sherman, Reed Plantation, Medway, Mattawamkeag, Patten, Weston, Lincoln, Old Town and Bancroft  where there also was flooding. Damage reports still were coming in late Friday night. A strong cold front will cross the region on Saturday, which may bring another round of strong or severe thunderstorms. Heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds are again possible with any thunderstorms that do develop. WOODVILLE, Maine  Floyd Bradley was standing near his kitchen window, having a snack, when it struck him. A bolt of lightning shot through the open window of his Woodville home and entered his arm. The impact caused him to stumble to the nearby bedroom, where he collapsed on the bed. Bradley, 35, survived the incident and is back home, but with doctors orders to rest up. He remembers the scary event in detail. At about 8 p.m., Bradley walked into the kitchen to get something to eat. His live-in girlfriend, Christie Goulas, as well as his two sons  Jameson, 8, and Joshua, 6  were standing at a window, watching the lightning illuminate the birch trees surrounding their one-story, green home at 28 Energy Lane. The trio invited Bradley to join them at the window, but he declined, not being a big fan of lightning storms. As he opened the refrigerators meat drawer to grab some cold-cut turkey, the lightning entered the house and struck his arm, he recalls. I saw the lightning come right in, and I saw it hit my arm  the big white flash, Bradley said Monday afternoon, revealing a small, circular burn on his forearm. It went through my whole body, it just & Bradley paused. At that time, I couldnt really remember too much & but I do remember the hurt. He described the pain as unbearable. The average flash of lightning contains enough electricity to light a 100-watt lightbulb for more than three months, according to the National Weather Service. After that, it quickly drained my body to the point where I just wanted to pass out, Bradley said. Goulas called an ambulance and tried to keep Bradley awake. He remembers losing consciousness at least two times, and for a few minutes, he didnt recognize his girlfriend. She grabbed me by my shirt and said, You are not doing this. Youre not going to fall asleep on me, Bradley said. While keeping him conscious, Goulas reminded Bradley that they were adopting two puppies the next day, something hed been looking forward to. He couldnt miss it, she told him. About 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects, according to NOAA National Weather Service. The ambulance brought Bradley to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, where he was cared for and released later that evening. He plans to see his primary care physician this week for potential nerve damage and lasting pain. Since the incident, he has noticed increased clumsiness, such as dropping things and tripping. According to the National Weather Service, lightning primarily causes brain and nerve injury, but serious burns seldom occur. People who dont suffer cardiac arrest at the time of the incident may experience lesser symptoms, such as muscle soreness, headache, nausea, mild confusion, memory slowness, mental clouding, dizziness and balance problems. Current data from the National Weather Service lists the recent national average of deaths due to lightning at 55 per year, but the number used to be much higher. In the 1940s, lightning killed more than 300 Americans each year, on average. Some experts believe the decline in deaths is due to increased public awareness about safety during storms. No place outside is safe during a lightning storm, warns the agency. And indoors, there are certain measures you can take to increase your safety during a thunderstorm: " Avoid contact with any equipment connected to electrical power, such as computers or appliances. " Avoid contact with water or plumbing. " Stay off corded phones. " Stay away from windows and doors. " Remain inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder is heard. I consider myself real lucky, you know, like I have angels watching over me, keeping me going, Bradley said. Bradley was in a car accident in 1999 in which he broke both legs and his pelvis, after which he had to use a wheelchair for about a year. Comparing the two accidents, he says that the lightning strike was scarier. Im like a cat with nine lives or something, he added with a chuckle. My step father calls me lightbulb now. On Saturday, Bradley and his family went ahead with their plan to adopt two puppies, pit bull-lab mixes he named Caesar and Asya. Bradley said he thinks both will help him in his recovery  physically and mentally. To learn about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 5 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
I am in Akron, ohio. Portage Lakes area, the storm was weird, it came out of nowhere, the sun was shining, then all of the sudden there was crazy thunder and lightning everywhere. the rain was unreal, Ive been in hurricanes, I lived in Fla for 25 years, and it was like that. It was right around 6 pm on the 15th. It only lasted about 15 minutes and then the sun was shining again. I was barefoot like an idiot in my garage, I realized my dog was outback and it was really coming down and the lightning was popping everywhere, so I was running inside and when I reached the garage door that leads into my livingroom I heard a loud pop and saw the blue/white light flash at my hip, and I felt it travel from my right hip down to my feet, but there are no visible marks, but my leg is sore. It seemed as though it came out of the doorjamb where the lock fits in, and jumped into my leg? I thought about going to the ER when it happened but with nothing to show I figured whats the point? they would probably laugh at me. Today it is still sore, but not as sore as yesterday, and my hip, knee joint, and ankle hurt the most, but its more of a dull ache than a stabbing pain, so maybe it will just go away? It fried the converter box and Modem/router and also the garage door opener, all of which were plugged into the wall where it jumped out and got me. Have you heard of anything like this before? Robin Hobbs
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 7 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Lightning kills fishpond worker in Zamboanga Sibugay By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | Updated August 10, 2013 - 3:37pm 2 10 googleplus0 0 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A fishpond worker died after he was struck by lightning in Kabasalan town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, according to the police Saturday. Police identified the victim as Sosito Serano Flores, 36, married and a resident of Barangay Timuay Danda. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, Spokesman of Police Regiona Office 9 (PRO), said the victim was walking with his brother on the dike of the fishpond owned by Freddie Chu amidst heavy rains to transfer the milk fish fingerlings when the lightning struck him about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The victims brother told the police that Flores was hit by the lightning in the mouth and instantly fell to the ground. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but attending declared him dead on arrival. Local authorities have advised residents and field workers to stay away from open fields during bad weather condition due to the increasing number of lightning strike incidents within this year alone. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131008071610_lightning-kills-fishpond-worker-zamboanga-sibugay.htm#sthash.PZzbha4d.dpuf
Thu, 07/18/2013 02:45 PM Injured Damian, 2 of 2  15.0  Cooper City FL 
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  in a tree  N/A  Outside,Tree 
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen who was injured when the tree he was climbing was struck by lightning said he considers himself fortunate to have survived the ordeal. Fifteen-year-old Stefan Marton is recovering at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital from a head injury and fractures in his back that he sustained Thursday around 2:45 p.m. "It's like a big boom, like a flash, it's kind of having a stun grenade thrown at you," he said. "You can't see anything, you can't do anything. You're just helpless." Marton and a friend were sitting on a large tree in their Cooper City neighborhood Thursday afternoon when the lightning strike caused both teens to fall through branches. "I just felt a tingle though my body, and I guess my hand just let go of the branch," he said. Marton said he was conscious when his body flipped backwards and began falling. "On the way down, I was thinking, 'Oh, this has got to be a dream, one of those dreams where I think I'm falling,'" he said. The teen lost consciousness when he hit the ground. His friend Damian, who also felt the jolt, was by his side. "I was unconscious for about 10 seconds," he said. "Damian started screaming my name, and after I got up, I kept on asking him what day it was, like, what happened, and we started running towards the plaza to get under cover, and he noticed that I had a gash in the back of my head, so he decided to call an ambulance." In addition to the gash that doctors closed with seven staples, Marton fractured his back in three places. He said he admits he should not have been outdoors during the storm. "I would describe it as a big mistake," he said. "I should have just not gone outside, just stayed inside." Marton's mother said she had warned her son about the dangers of being outside during a storm. "He's a good kid, [but] he's a teenager," she said. Marton faces months of rehabilitation once he leaves the hospital, but he said he counts his blessings. "I'm actually thinking I'm pretty lucky," he said. "I'm happy that I'm alive." Marton is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday. Damian was treated at the same hospital and released Friday. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Thu, 07/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 motorcyclists  21.0  Avery County NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Tourist Killed by Lightning in Bulgaria's Sunny Beach Resort Society | July 18, 2009, Saturday 21-year-old girl was struck by lightning in the Sunny Beach resort on Friday. Photo by BGNES A 21-year-old girl was killed by a lightning in Bulgaria's largest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach. The information was announced on Saturday by the Regional Police Directorate in the city of Burgas. The girl's body was discovered on the beach Friday afternoon. The police initially discovered no traces of violence, and later the investigation found that her death resulted from a lightning that struck her as she was coming out of the water. The name of the 21-year-old tourist is Iva Lazarova, and she is a native of Sofia. The police discovered her ID with her personal belongings on the beach nearby.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 3 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
ME NEWS BUSINESS SPORTS OPINION ENTERTAINMENT MULTIMEDIA classifieds deals coupons jobs real estate business directory obituaries Lightning strike injures golf course employees in North Stonington By Julianne Hanckel and Judy Benson Publication: theday.com Published 06/25/2012 12:00 AMUpdated 06/25/2012 12:57 PM COMMENTS (12) North Stonington  Archie Cart, the general manager at Lake of Isles golf course, said 15 employees who were seeking shelter from a thunderstorm were in a wooden building on the south course between holes 4 and 13 when lightning struck during this morning's storm. Cart said they were preparing for a regular day of play on the golf course. They have instructions to seek shelter when bad weather is approaching, and they took shelter in one of three restroom/shelter buildings on the course. No one was directly struck by lightning, Cart said. The lightning struck close to them and they were "impacted," he said. All remained conscious and most of them were sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure, he said. No employees' names were released. The North Stonington Fire Department, Mashantucket Fire Department and emergency personnel from both departments responded to the course, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Local hospitals reported nine patients were being treated or being taken for treatment. Two of the victims were taken to The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, and a third is expected, Backus spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said. Four other victims are being treated at The Westerly Hospital, spokesman Nick Stahl said. Two victims with minor injuries were on their way to the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, according to L&M spokesman Mike O'Farrell. This morning's storm also knocked out power for 5,500 Norwich Public Utility customers when lightning struck a utility pole. The North Main Street substation, which feeds the Laurel Hill, East Side, Greeneville, and NFA/Broadway area, is out of service, according to a NPU spokesperson. Crews are working on the substation. Northeast Utilities' website reports just under 5,000 customers were out of power as of 11:30 a.m. Water Street, Howard Street, Pequot Avenue and Thames Street in New London were impassible during the height of the storm. Amtrak service between New Haven and New York, which had been delayed due to power system problems, is running again. A massive thunderstorm arrived in the New London area at about 9 this morning. The county is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service also has issued flood and flash flood advisories for the region.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 2 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 6 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor 
SHA to investigate after lightning strikes near w...: OSHA to investigate after lightning strikes near farm workers in Wellington, CO. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 7/19/13. Written by Trevor Hughes FILED UNDER News Local News Related Links Lightning strikes leave 5 hospitalized Storm causes floods, lightning strikes, mudslides Nine farm workers struck by lightning Federal workplace-safety inspectors are investigating after lighting struck nine farm workers in a field north of Fort Collins last week. The workers were in organic fields in Wellington when the massive storm rolled through Thursday afternoon. A bolt struck nine people, leaving two in critical condition. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials confirm they are investigating, but said no details could yet be released. Were still investigating who is involved, what the employer safety program is, said Herb Gibson, director of OSHAs Denver office. Gibson said the investigation will review what policies and procedures the farm workers were to have been following. He said OSHA regulations dont specifically address lightning strikes, but the investigation will focus on whether the workplace was safe. OSHA inspectors typically investigate whenever someone is seriously injured in the workplace, and can levy fines and other punishment on employers found violating the rules. This was a very significant lightning storm, Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said after helping the injured workers. Last year, 212 people were struck by lightning across the country, according to the nonprofit educational group StruckByLightning.org. Twenty-eight people were killed.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 11 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Wichita Man Struck By Lightning During Thursday Night Storms Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. Reporter: KAKE News Email Address: news@kake.com Story 0 Comments Map Font Size: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in his back yard in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. The victim, William F. Isles, was coherent and used an amateur radio to call out for help. An assistant in the KAKEland Weatherplex heard his call on our "ham" radio and called 911. He was speaking with Sedgwick County EMS upon their arrival but was taken to St. Francis in critical condition. The storm produced extreme lightning, torrential rain, and hail up to two inches in diameter.
Thu, 07/18/2013 unknown farm worker, 4 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  under a truck  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
WELLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4)- Nine farm workers were struck by lightning in Wellington on Thursday afternoon after a fast-moving summer storm drenched the farming community which barely had time to react. Flash, bang! Pretty much no time in between the thunder, said neighbor Christian Flitecroft. Suddenly it started to rain and they got under the truck and all that and the lightning just struck them and they say that they got all knocked out, said Lupito Jaquez, who works nearby. Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said the workers were working in a field near the Grant Farms area. When emergency crews arrived they found some of those struck walking around but others had more serious symptoms. The charge itself, after it struck the ground, impacted all of them, said Green. Altered mental status, numbness, tingling in the extremities, arms and legs, unable to communicate. At least two of the workers were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Four workers were in serious condition. Emergency crews had to work quickly as flashes of lightning continued overhead. Many of the victims were loaded up on gurneys and rushed to nearby hospitals including Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital in ambulances. Others were checked out on scene. Its pretty bad. I dont wish it for anybody right now, said Jaquez. Grant Farms is located at 12155 NCR 15 in Wellington. A tweet by Grant Family Farms states that the workers were not employed by that farm
Thu, 07/18/2013 02:45 PM Injured Stefan Marton, 1 of 2  15.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  climbing a tree    Outside,Tree 
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen who was injured when the tree he was climbing was struck by lightning said he considers himself fortunate to have survived the ordeal. Fifteen-year-old Stefan Marton is recovering at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital from a head injury and fractures in his back that he sustained Thursday around 2:45 p.m. "It's like a big boom, like a flash, it's kind of having a stun grenade thrown at you," he said. "You can't see anything, you can't do anything. You're just helpless." Marton and a friend were sitting on a large tree in their Cooper City neighborhood Thursday afternoon when the lightning strike caused both teens to fall through branches. "I just felt a tingle though my body, and I guess my hand just let go of the branch," he said. Marton said he was conscious when his body flipped backwards and began falling. "On the way down, I was thinking, 'Oh, this has got to be a dream, one of those dreams where I think I'm falling,'" he said. The teen lost consciousness when he hit the ground. His friend Damian, who also felt the jolt, was by his side. "I was unconscious for about 10 seconds," he said. "Damian started screaming my name, and after I got up, I kept on asking him what day it was, like, what happened, and we started running towards the plaza to get under cover, and he noticed that I had a gash in the back of my head, so he decided to call an ambulance." In addition to the gash that doctors closed with seven staples, Marton fractured his back in three places. He said he admits he should not have been outdoors during the storm. "I would describe it as a big mistake," he said. "I should have just not gone outside, just stayed inside." Marton's mother said she had warned her son about the dangers of being outside during a storm. "He's a good kid, [but] he's a teenager," she said. Marton faces months of rehabilitation once he leaves the hospital, but he said he counts his blessings. "I'm actually thinking I'm pretty lucky," he said. "I'm happy that I'm alive." Marton is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday. Damian was treated at the same hospital and released Friday. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Thu, 07/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 motorcyclists   0.0  Avery County NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Two people are recovering in Avery County after they were struck by lightning while riding a motorcycle. The motorcyclists were riding near Grandfather Mountain when a storm rolled in. They tried taking shelter under a tree in a parking lot, but the tree was struck by lightning. Park rangers believe the current shocked the motorcyclists after traveling through the ground. One of the motorcyclists is said to have serious injuries. The names of the riders were not available.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 10 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 1 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 01:00 PM Injured woman   65.0  Rocky Mountain National Park CO 
 USA 
  on a trail    Orchard,Park,Tree 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 8 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DANVILLE REGISTER & BEE Published: July 9, 2008 BLAIRS - A Blairs man was struck by lightning on Mount View Lane during a heavy storm shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Blairs Fire & Rescue EMT/EMS Lt. Tony Allocca said the man was talking on his phone when he was struck. The victim suffered burns on his ear and arm, but was conscious and talking, Allocca said. He said the victim was uncertain about details of the event, and could not remember if he was indoors or outside when he was struck. The man was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 9 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
  USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Tiffin teenager struck by lightning at home Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by Christopher Pratt. The home of a Tiffin teenager about an hour after it was struck by lightning. (Christopher Pratt/The Gazette) One teenage male was sent to a medical care facility by ambulance after lightning struck him while he was using a laptop computer this afternoon, said Fire Chief Brian Detert. The lightning struck the house at 283 Woodfield Drive in Tiffin around 3:20 p.m. It sent a shock through to the victim who was using a computer in the basement. Detert said the victims injuries were not believed to be serious. Emergency response crews from Tiffin and Oxford came to the subdivision. No smoke or flames were reported and damage was said to be minimal.
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Travis Heitman, 1 of 3  23.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
(0) Comments Two adults and a child who were injured after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition, officials at Kalispell Regional Medical Center said. The man and woman, both 23, and the 11-year-old boy were injured at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when lightning struck near them as they hiked on the St. Mary Falls Trail on the east side of the park. There were no witnesses, but other visitors in the area quickly responded, park officials said. "Some bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure," park spokeswoman Denise Germann told The Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/15qpN5q). All three were initially unconscious and not breathing, she said. The boy was airlifted to the Kalispell hospital and an ambulance transported the adults. Hospital nursing supervisor Tracy Keller says the three did not suffer a direct hit and were not burned, but suffered effects from the noise and electrical field. Hospital spokesman Jim Oliverson would not comment on the nature of their injuries, but said the typical manifestation of such an injury is being confused. Park officials did not release the names of the victims but said they are not related to one another. The man is from Kalispell and the woman from Missoula, officials said. ___
Wed, 07/17/2013 12:00 PM Injured Lakeisha Brooks  0.0  Houma LA  
 USA 
  in a store    Indirect,Indoors 
HOUMA, La. (WWL)  A mother in Louisiana was struck by lightning while grocery shopping earlier this week  and another woman recently got hit by lightning nearby in the same town. Lakeisha Brooks, a young mother and two daughters took refuge in a Rouses grocery store on Grand Caillou Road. While checking out, Lakeisha Brooks moved her cart with her two-year-old in it. Right when I pushed her out of the way, it went straight through me, said Brooks. It went like from my head down the back of my spine to my left thigh and on my foot. Brooks said she was left with blisters on her thigh, the bottom of her foot. She said the tile floor was singed and that she felt stinging and burning. When I stepped to the side it hit again and it knocked my shoe off under the register, she said. Nearby, Mona Billiot, had the same thing happen a couple of weeks ago. I was in the middle of cooking a jambalaya and I was just stirring my pot and all of a sudden I look up by the window and I seen a big flash of lightning come through, Billiot said. Billiots ex-husband, Gerard Pitre, said he took off running when he saw the lightning because he knew his wife was always fearful during severe weather. Houma police and fire investigated the incident at the store, but said they have never heard of anyone struck by lightning while grocery shopping. Both women were transported to the hospital. Billiot felt hot, dazed, confused and her heart rate had slowed. Doctors said the plastic handle on that spoon, now marked where her nails melted inward, may have saved her life. However, Brooks credits another source. God gets all the credit for this for me being alive today, she said. Houma police believe the lightning came through the sprinkler system in rouses and hit Brooks because she was standing on a metal floor area. Rouses emailed a statement that reads in part: Ms. Brooks physical condition was the number one priority of our Grand Caillou Road store manager and team members. Our security team immediately secured the area where lightning struck and contacted the Houma Fire Department, which is currently investigating.
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Noah, 3 of 3  10.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
7 hours ago " By Kim Briggeman(0) Comments Glacier Park lightning strike victims remain hospitalized; OSHA investigates Colo. strike WELLINGTON, Colo  Five people  two farmworkers and three hikers  remained hospitalized Friday following lightning strikes in Colorado and Montana. Read more Family thanks Glacier hikers who saved 3 hit by lightning KALISPELL  Hikers turned heroes late Wednesday afternoon in Glacier National Park. Jason Leishman of Huson has a whole lot of questions for them. Read more 3 hikers injured after lightning strike in Glacier Two adults and a child who were injured after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park remained hospitalized & Read more The lightning-strike victims lay inert on a Glacier National Park trail late last Wednesday afternoon. I was a little freaked out, Steven Keith recounted Monday of the scene on St. Mary Falls Trail. Ive never seen a dead body myself, other than in a casket. But while a woman he knows only as Beth began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Travis Heitman of Kalispell, Keith mustered up recollections of his last CPR brush-up a couple of years ago and went to work on Kensey Leishman, a Missoula nurse, who was unconscious and not breathing. Im one of those individuals (who) if I dont practice something, I forget it, said Keith, a junior-high teacher in Atlanta who by Monday was in Arches National Park in Utah on a park-hopping tour with his brother Glen and Glens 7-year-old daughter. Who practices CPR? What was amazing was it came right back to me. Leishmans lips were blue and her eyes were open, Keith said. But as he completed his fourth or fifth cycle of two breaths followed by 20 chest compressions, the 23-year-old womans respiration resumed. His relief was short-lived. Beth had spotted a third lightning victim, an 11-year-old boy named Noah, unconscious and lying several feet off the trail. My mind was too much on running to the boy and helping him, realizing he wasnt breathing and then the fact that he wasnt coming to as fast as Kensey did, he said. At one point, he said, he slapped the boy in the face. Wake up, wake up, he pleaded. Finally  after at least half a dozen CPR cycles  Noah began breathing. Im not much of a softie. I appreciate a lot of things in the world, and these trips to the national parks are just incredible, Keith said. But when Noah came to, I got choked up. Within minutes, others were on the scene  hikers and park personnel, including a ranger who was reportedly already on the trail looking for a lost hiker and radioed for help. Several, including Beth, were from the medical profession. It was a little more than half a mile to the trailhead. Glen, an Army major from Colorado, headed for it at a run with his daughter in tow soon after they came upon the grisly scene. They yelled for help as they went. A pediatrician and others already on the trail hurried to the strike victims. Glen Keith estimates that there were 15 or more people helping the strike victims at one point. Within an hour of the lightning strike, the three had been loaded on gurneys and carried to the trailhead a bit more than a half mile away. A helicopter flew Noah, who is being mentored by Heitman, to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Heitman and Leishman, both Frenchtown High School graduates of 2008, were transported by ambulance. All three were released over the weekend, Leishman on Friday night. Jason Leishman said from his home in Huson on Monday his daughter had to make an emergency trip to a Missoula hospital on Saturday with lingering effects of the devastating strike. She was also able to speak with several of her rescuers, and the family was piecing together the story of that day. Until Monday, however, they couldnt track down the man who breathed and compressed her back to life. Hes the guy Ive been looking for. That really is important, said Jason Leishman, who connected with the Keiths on Monday evening. Its just very humbling to know that someone was able to provide the needed CPR. Steven Keith was equally curious to see how Kensey and the others were doing. He emailed the Missoulian seeking Leishmans contact information. I would & like to communicate with him to be able (to) stay abreast of the threes progress, Keith said. The lightning victims reportedly have no memory of the strike and its aftermath. To Keith its a jumble of impressions. He and his brother and niece had driven up toward Logan Pass that day. They stopped to hike up Hidden Lakes Trail, then decided to go back down Going-to-the-Sun Road and hike to St. Mary Falls. On the way they halted for a short time at a scenic gorge. Ive often wondered what may have happened if we didnt go to the gorge. Theres a good chance we would have been out of there by the time (the lightning strike) happened, Steven Keith said. As they went down the trail to the falls, it began to drizzle. When they reached the falls after less than a mile walk, it started coming down pretty good, Keith said. We threw on rain jackets and started heading back to the trailhead. They heard several thunderclaps in the distance. Then all of a sudden there was one right there. I didnt see (the lightning strike), except peripherally off to the left. But you could feel it. It, like, shook the ground, he said. Maybe two or three minutes later, they rounded a corner. The first thing we saw were two bodies prone on the ground, right in the middle of the trail, Keith said. Kensey was closest to me. Travis was about 6 feet from her and there was a woman standing there. He said he could see the panic in Beths eyes, and feel it in his own. But resuscitation efforts were underway almost at once. Once the medics and others arrived, Glen Keith asked his brother to go up to the trailhead to check on his daughter. Glen had left her there with another family when he went to hail help. I honestly didnt know what to think as he made his way up the trail, Steven Keith said. It just played through my head  the blue around their lips, no bleeding, Kenseys eyes open, administering CPR and tasting the electricity in her saliva. I like to think that if it wasnt Beth and me, it would have been somebody else that would have been there to help, he said. On the other hand, had they not reached the scene when they did, the outcome might have been downright tragic. When it was all over, Keith sought out Beth among the knots of others in the parking lot. He learned that she was touring national parks just as the Keiths were, only on a motorcycle. We just bear-hugged each other, he said. Im sure she feels the same about Travis as I feel about Kensey and Noah. Even if we dont ever communicate, therell always be a connection. Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at (406) 523-5266 or by email at kbriggeman@missoulian.com. Cherokee teachers quick thinking, CPR saves 3 lives after lightning strike by Michelle Babcock July 30, 2013 11:41 PM | 747 views | 0 | 19 | | Cherokee County teacher Steven Keith and his niece, Hazel, and brother Glen Keith were hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana when they came across three lightning strike victims. Special to the Tribune A Cherokee County teachers hike in Montana defied the odds on July 17 when he found three people lying unconscious on a Glacier National Park trail only minutes after assuring his frightened 7-year-old niece that being struck by lightning was a one-in-a-million chance. Steven Keith was on vacation until Monday, touring four national parks with his brother, Glen, and niece Hazel. Keith said when he and his family came around a curve on the St. Mary Falls Trail, he saw two of the three victims lying on the trail just moments after hearing a loud thunder clap and seeing lightning strike nearby. As a result of his quick actions and those of another woman, all three victims are alive today. We turned the corner & I saw the two lying there, and the first thing in my head was, the lightning that just struck killed these two people, and I was looking at two dead people, Keith said. Keith is a science and social studies teacher with the Cherokee County School District and works at ACE Academy. He was certified in CPR a few years ago and said that knowledge is what saved the three victims lives. Another hiker, known only as Beth, had come from the other direction after Travis Heitman and Kinsey Leishman, both 23 years old, were struck. Kinsey, the woman, was closest to me, and Travis was closest to Beth on the other side, Keith said. They were not moving, they were unconscious. From our viewpoint I saw her face quite clearly, it was all blue from the nose down. Her skin was pale and waxy looking and her eyes were slightly opened, just lying there with her arms to the side and her legs straight out. Keith said the experience felt surreal, as he rushed to start CPR on Leishman. It was scary, and I could see the panic in Beths eyes, Keith said. I can only imagine what was going through her head& I think she was quite relieved that we came around the other side and then we got into action. Keith said he had been CPR-certified three times in the last four years, but he never expected to use his training. The first thing youre supposed to do is see if theres any danger around you, and call out for help, Keith said. We were in the middle of the trail and I yelled for Glen to go get help. After about four cycles of doing two breaths and 30 compressions, Keith said the woman started breathing again. He said it was just amazing when Leishman started breathing, but soon after, Beth pointed out the 11-year-old boy named Cadence who was still on the side of the trail. Keith hadnt seen the young boy until that point. As soon as I finished with (Leishman), I went straight to Cadence. Soon after I started on Cadence, Beth revived Travis, Keith said. There was no pulse, (the boy) was blue in the face. Keith said he did four CPR cycles, but the boy didnt start breathing. I started getting really worried at that point, Keith said. I slapped him a couple times, yelling at him, wake up, wake up. After about six cycles of CPR, Keith said the boy started breathing. Keith said all three of the victims are back home now. He said they were experiencing pain, but are getting better. CPR is what saved these peoples lives& we were at the right place at the right time, Keith said. Fortunately I knew how to do it, and Beth was able to do it. After speaking with Leishmans father, Keith said the victims parents signed up for a CPR class. Keith urged everyone to learn CPR. In this case, the most traumatic or unusual thing that could possibly happen, happened, Keith said. If it wasnt me, it wouldve been someone else. Medics arrived after the three had been resuscitated, and Keith said the two adults were taken by ambulance to the hospital, and the young boy was air-lifted out. Keith said he hasnt spoken with the other hiker, Beth, since the event, but said he heard from Leishmans father. Hopefully shell Google, and come across an article and reach out, Keith said. Thats basically what I did with (the victims)& I wanted to know how they were progressing, if they were going to be OK. Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Cherokee teacher s quick thinking CPR saves 3 lives after lightning strike
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Kensey Leishman, 2 of 3  23.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
Lightning victims have no memory of trail incident Story Comments Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:30 pm By JIM MANN/Daily Inter Lake | 0 comments Three people struck by lightning Wednesday in Glacier National Park are recovering at Kalispell Regional Medical Center from their injuries, but they have no memory of what happened to them, the father of one of the victims said Thursday. â¬SMy son is the one with the most memory,⬝ Kalispell resident Kent Heitmann said. â¬SThe other two are having trouble even knowing what happened. Theyâ¬"re still having some memory issues from the electricity.⬝ His son Travis, 23, of Kalispell and a friend, Missoula resident Kensey Leishman, 23, were hiking on the St. Mary Falls Trail with a 10-year-old Kalispell boy whom Travis mentors. They were returning from a hike to Virginia Falls. â¬SThey were hiking and they were headed back toward the car and they saw the storm coming in,⬝ Heitmann said. â¬STravis said, â¬ÜWeâ¬"d better get back to the car,â¬" and thatâ¬"s the last thing they can remember.⬝ Heitmann said park employees told him they believe the three were lying unconscious for about 15 minutes before they were found by other hikers who began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. â¬SOne of the park employees said when she showed up, my son was pretty blue,⬝ he said. â¬SWe were lucky because a doctor ended up being there,⬝ he added. The incident occurred about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead on Going-to-the-Sun Road east of Logan Pass, making for a protracted rescue operation to get the victims out. The lightning incident was first reported at about 4:30 p.m. and Heitmann said the three didnâ¬"t arrive at Kalispell Regional Medical Center until about 8 or 8:30 p.m. Heitmann said the three were not directly hit by the lightning. â¬SThere were no entry or exit wounds. It was more like a flash hit they took. They are bruised up from crumpling to the ground,⬝ he said. Heitmann said his son and the boy are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit while Leishman is in a regular hospital room. The three victims are expected to remain in the hospital for several days. Hospital spokesman Jim Oliverson said Thursday the three victims are in serious but stable condition. He could not comment on the nature of their injuries, other than saying a â¬Stypical manifestation of it is they are confused. Thatâ¬"s primarily the result of this kind of injury.⬝ Heitmann said â¬STheyâ¬"re hurting a lot,⬝ describing how the three have experienced extreme fatigue and have been sleeping a lot. A host of Glacier Park personnel responded to the incident from both sides of the park, along with the Glacier County Sheriffâ¬"s Office. The three victims were carried to the trailhead on litters and Sun Road was temporarily closed to allow the ALERT helicopter to land. The Mercy Flight helicopter from Great Falls had been requested but could not fly because of weather. ALERT flew the boy to the Kalispell hospital while Glacier County Ambulance transported the two adults by ground. At one point, ALERT was called back to meet the ambulance and pick up Travis Heitmann because he â¬Sneeded to get to the hospital quicker,⬝ Heitmann said. Glacier Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said on Thursday that visitors who arrived at the St. Mary Visitor Center soon after the incident reported seeing lightning strikes. â¬SThey remember very vividly seeing what looked like two lightning strikes⬝ in the vicinity of the incident, Germann said. â¬SIt was a quick-moving storm, maybe 10 to 15 minutes of rain,⬝ Germann said. She said the visitors who initially helped the victims were critical. â¬SSome bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure,⬝ she said. Hospital Nursing Supervisor Tracy Keller said lightning-strike victims can suffer burns, concussive effects or neuro-electrical effects on the heart, brain or other organs. â¬SIn this case, there isnâ¬"t necessarily burns, just electrical,⬝ she said. â¬SThey were close enough to suffer the ramifications of that electrical field ... They werenâ¬"t directly hit.⬝ Travis Heitmann works at Summit Medical and Youth Dynamics in Kalispell. The lightning strike likely came from the severe storm system that pounded the Flathead Valley with rain and hail about an hour earlier. That storm moved off to the northeast toward Glacier Park. St. Mary Falls is a popular destination for a short hike. The falls are less than a mile from Going-to-the-Sun Road. Virginia Falls are a half mile beyond St. Mary Falls. The trailhead is about 11 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Glacier National Park.  Reporter Jim Mann may be reached at 758-4407 or by email at jmann@dailyinterlake.com.
Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Park 
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Mon, 07/15/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning strike kills lifeguard, injures 3 others  0.0  Taipei  
 Taiwan 
  standing on beach    Beach 
TAIPEI,Taiwan - Three lifeguard coaches were hit by lightning yesterday at Kaohsiung's Sizihwan beach, killing one. Another, startled by the strike, fell over and was injured. The city's fire department said the Kaohsiung Harbor Water Life-Saving Association was conducting rescue training yesterday morning. Police said the incident occurred while the four coaches, surnamed Chan, Yan, Chou and Lee, were standing on the beach, assessing whether the weather was suitable for trainees to swim in the ocean. A fire department official said the coaches were sent to a hospital immediately after the incident, with Chan later pronounced dead. According to the hospital, Chan's body had numerous scratches but showed no major external injury. Kaohsiung police said Yan is still in a critical condition. Chou fractured his spine and Lee injured his left shoulder, police said, adding that both of them are in a stable condition. Chen Li-na, director of the life-saving association, said the group decided to hold a routine lesson yesterday at Sizihwan Beach despite the pouring rain as the land warning for Typhoon Soulik had been lifted and the city government had ceased its suspension of school and work. Chen said that in light of the tragedy, the association will possibly suspend classes before and after typhoons in the future. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131507064220_A1Story20130715-437157.html.htm#sthash.8gRqoXTS.dpuf National Sun Yat-sen University, which manages Sizihwan Beach, said the beach was closed to the public yesterday but that in such situations the university still allows the fire department or rescue teams to access the beach for rescue training purposes. The Central Weather Bureau's (CWB) Kaohsiung Weather Station suggested that people avoid going to beaches or mountains over the next few days as even though Soulik has left the weather is still unstable and there is a high chance of rain and thunder in the area. The CWB said it is best to avoid standing in open areas during storms or when there is a high chance of storms. People also should avoid standing near towers, electricity poles and isolated tall objects, as these have a higher probability of being struck by lightning. The bureau suggested that people stay dry and not swim or row a boat while it is raining.
Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside 
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Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 4 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Park 
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