Light­ing strikes fa­ther and son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO Lower Dain­tree res­i­dents are lucky to be alive af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning on Satur­day Jan­uary 7 at about 7pm.

A man, aged 42, and his son aged 12 were out­side work­ing on a gen­er­a­tor when they wit­nessed a light­ning strike hit a power pole nearby. The surge reached the gen­er­a­tor they were both in con­tact with and they were thrown back­wards by the shock.

Both fa­ther and son were checked for ar­rhyth­mia (ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat) by paramedics that re­sponded and found to be okay. Both were trans­ported to the Moss­man Hos­pi­tal.

The man suf­fered burns to his arm while his son only re­ported a tin­gling sen­sa­tion in his arm and was other­wise un­hurt.

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