Sunday, June 28, 2009

Things What Done Fell from the Sky: Lightning Strikes Six

A group of young men were apparently playing cricket when heavy rains forced them under a nearby tree for shelter. Lightning struck the tree and all six men. Authorities received several emergency calls and when they responded, one of the boys was convulsing and another was in cardiac arrest. All were taken to the hospital, where they remain. Five are in stable condition, but the sixth - the one who suffered from cardiac arrest - is in serious condition.

Never seek shelter under a tree in a thunderstorm. According to the National Weather Service, lightning is the second deadliest natural event (next to flash floods). If CPR is administered immediately, lightning strike victims have a better chance at survival, however few people survive cardiac arrest.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009




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