Lightning Kills Teen at Alabama Campground
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.