Lightning Kills Teen at Alabama Campground

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July 26, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Tragedy struck during a family outing at Honeycomb Campgrounds on Lake Guntersville in northern Alabama Sunday afternoon (July 25).

Family members and friends had gathered on the beach at the campgrounds for a birthday party  — and, several people were in the water, when lightning struck — killing a 16 year old girl and sending four others to the hospital, WAAY-TV, Huntsville, reported.

The victims were less than 100 yards away from shore at the time of the incident, which occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Family members quickly pulled the victims from the water.

A former 9-1-1 dispatcher was on the scene. However, even after performing CPR, they were unable to get a pulse from the teenager.

The names of the victim and those injured have yet-to-be-released.

Afterward, Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett stressed an important rule to remember, and that is — if you hear thunder, you should remain indoors for a period of at least 30 minutes, because lightning can still strike you.

According to the National Weather Service, a total of 17 people in the U.S.  have been killed by lightning strikes, thus far, this year. This was the first such death in Alabama this year.

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