Berkeley Township (US-Bundestad New Jersey) – A young lifeguard (19) was killed when lightning struck a beach on the northeast coast of the United States.
Seven others were injured, the other three lifeguards and four bathers. They were taken to hospitals and were unharmed.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young survivor who was killed in a devastating lightning strike on Berkeley Township Beach today, and we pray for the complete recovery of the wounded,” New Jersey Governor Bill Murphy wrote on Twitter.
Pete Tordorelli was on a block from the beach when suddenly lightning struck at 4:30 pm local time. “It seemed a little cloudy in one direction, but the other was clear. It was the first lightning of the day,” he said. Two minutes later he heard sirens from police cars.
Thomas Daberoni was less than 100 meters from the lifeguard at a beach house. “Have you ever been to a radio show that breaks the sound barrier and you’re not ready for it?” The AB news agency quoted him. “It was about 100 times louder.”
Police wrote on Facebook that they were investigating reports of lightning strikes in the area and would release more information as soon as it was found.
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