Lightning hits pool cleaner
MOSSMAN local Sam Parkes received an electric shock from a lightning strike while cleaning a pool near Miallo last week.
Working as a pool service and maintenance man with Five Star Pool Service for around three years, it was just an average work day for Sam last Wednesday afternoon as he grabbed the aluminium pool pole to clean out the debris.
There was a bit of a lightning storm in the area around an hour earlier but Mr Parkes said he never saw the lightning which caused the shock.
“I didn’t see it, I don’t know if it hit the pool, pole or the ground near me but it went straight through my hand which was holding the pole and straight down through my feet,” he said.
“I was in pain only when it happened, but I wasn’t in any pain afterward and I didn’t get any burns from it.”
This is the first time Mr Parkes has ever received an electric shock from a lightning strike and said he has never heard of it happening to other pool cleaners. But he has learnt his lesson. “Knock off if there’s lightning,” he said.
“I probably shouldn’t have been out there with an aluminium pole in my hand.”
The Queensland Ambulance Serv- ice advises people to be extremely careful when working outdoors at this time of year with thunder activity.
“If someone is struck by lightning they should call for emergency ambulance assistance immediately and people should be prepared to do lifesaving measures such as CPR if required,” Port Douglas Ambulance Service officerin-charge Craig Downing said.
“Lightning and all electrical burns can often not be as evident on the external part of body but can cause damage internally.
“Anyone who does receive some electrical shock should seek medical assistance.”