Lightning strike kills 1, injures 2 in Ft. Myers - WFLA News Channel 8

Lightning strike kills 1, injures 2 in Ft. Myers

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One person was killed and two others were injured by a lightning strike on the beach Tuesday afternoon on Fort Myers Beach.

The severity of the two injured was not immediately available. A male in his late teens or early 20s was taken from the scene unconscious after emergency workers were seen performing CPR on him.

A teenage girl, who was reported to be conscious, was also transported from the scene in an ambulance.

The incident happened on the beach a short distance from the Lani Kai resort. The victims were walking near the water around 2:30 p.m. when they were struck.

The weather was so bad when rescuers got there, first responders told their personnel to get off the beach until the threat of more lightning passed.

Witnesses who live in the area say they've never seen anything like what happened Tuesday.

"The blood was rolling, just floating down to the water's edge and the water was turning red right there. It was really terrible," said witness Robert Gustafson.

"I'm shaken up. Three people hit by lightning... at the same time... that's - that's terrible," said witness Alice Lynch.

The identities of the victims have not been released yet.


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