USA: Lifeguards struck by lightning – dead

Berkeley Township, New Jersey State – A young lifeguard (19) was killed by lightning on a beach on the northeast coast of the USA.

Seven other people were injured, three other lifeguards and four bathers. You have been taken to hospitals and are out of harm’s way.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young lifeguard who was killed in the terrible lightning strike on Berkeley Township Beach today, and we pray for a full recovery for those injured,” wrote New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Twitter.

Flowers were laid at a lifeguard stand in memory of the victimPhoto: Wayne Parry / AP

Pete Tortorelli was about a block from the beach when lightning suddenly struck around 4:30 p.m. local time. “It looked a bit cloudy in one direction, but perfectly clear the other, and it was the first lightning of the day,” he said. Two minutes later he heard the sirens from police cars.

Thomas Taberoni was less than 100 meters from the lifeguard stand in a beach house. “Have you ever been to an air show that breaks the sound barrier with a bang and you weren’t prepared for it?” The AP news agency quoted him as saying. “This was about 100 times louder.”

“We went to the beach today and are grateful for what you have done for us by making sure our safety on the beach,” read a note on the lifeguard stand Photo: Wayne Parry / AP

Police wrote on Facebook that they are investigating reports of lightning strikes in the area and will post more information as soon as it becomes available.


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