7 individuals hospitalized after lightning
The incident was reported at Orchard Seashore simply earlier than 5:30 p.m.
Beachgoers deserted their belongings and ran for his or her lives when a vicious storm cell blasted by way of — seemingly out of nowhere.
Officers say a complete of six individuals have been struck by lightning whereas sitting on the sand, together with a 13-year-old boy who’s in crucial situation.
The entire victims have been taken to Jacobi Medical Middle. The opposite victims are mentioned to be secure.
“It was dangerous everyone was working, lightning falling in all places, lighting struck like 30 toes from me,” beachgoer Ralph Gonzalez mentioned. “One lightning got here down and subsequent factor you understand the cloud got here above us and lightning simply began falling in all places throughout us.”
The ages and genders of the opposite victims usually are not but identified.
“You may’t, there is no rationalizing it, it is simply Mom Nature if you happen to wanna name it that,” Gonzalez mentioned. “At this level, it is like you understand, lives are misplaced, so it is simply unhappy, throughout unhappy day.”
An official with the NYC Parks Division launched the next assertion:
“Previous to the incident, lifeguards had cleared all swimmers from the water, and Parks employees made bulletins over the general public deal with system instructing patrons to clear the seashore. Our hearts exit to the victims of this tragic incident.”
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