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2 people struck, injured by lightning strikes on Tybee Island


Two seperate lightning strikes injured two people on Tybee Island during a pop-up thunderstorm on Thursday.

Tybee Island Ocean Rescue cleared the water when the storm rolled in, but some people decided to stay on the beach during the storm.

Lieutenant Jonathan Williams of Ocean Rescue was on duty. He said, "A lot of people cleared the beach, but these people stayed out and I guess tried to hunker down during the storm, and that's when the lightning hit the beach twice."

After the storm rolled out, a man complaining of some pain approached the life guards to be checked out. He said lightning hit the sand next to him as he stood on the beach near 18th Street. Lifeguards checked him out and he went back to the beach.

Less than 30 mins later, another person approached the lifeguards and said he was struck by lightning. Williams says apparently, he was holding on to his tent so it wouldn't blow away.

"He took a pretty good strike, he had burns on his arms and leg, he was pretty disoriented; he had an irregular heartbeat." Williams said. That victim was transported to the hospital.

Williams has guarded Tybee's beaches for nine years and this is the only the second time he's responded to a lightning call.

The first victim was from Guyton, the second victim that was injured is from Atlanta; we currently do not have the names nor a condition for the man who went to the hospital.

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