Top

Lightning Kills Teen at Alabama Campground

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.

Comments

Feel free to leave a comment...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!





Bottom