Lightning strikes boy dead in North Carolina

image

A 5-year-old boy died on Sunday afternoon after being struck by lightning on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, said Chief Ralph Melton of Currituck County Fire and EMS.

His family had been vacationing on Carova Beach when a storm started. They were in the process of taking shelter in the car when the son was struck.

The boy died from traumatic injuries at a hospital despite efforts to resuscitate him, Melton said.

In recent years, 23 to 48 people have died from lightning strikes annually in the United States, according to data from the National Weather Service.

The boy’s death in North Carolina would be the 21st lightning death in the United States so far in 2016.
12 of the deaths have occurred in July.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s