Police officers say the loss of life of a 15-year-old girl was brought on by a lightning strike whereas she was swimming at Tybee Island in Georgia.
The Tybee Island Police Department said they obtained a name at 2:37 p.m. Saturday a few feminine who had probably been struck by lightning. Lifeguards had been already on the scene when the police and hearth division arrived.
The girl had been faraway from the beach and was receiving CPR when officers discovered there could be an prolonged look forward to EMS to reach. Dispatch requested a helicopter to move the sufferer to a neighborhood hospital whereas she was loaded into a hearth division truck, then ambulance earlier than being escorted to a close-by touchdown zone.
While ready for the helicopter, EMS determined to proceed driving the sufferer to a neighborhood hospital the place she was pronounced lifeless.
Detectives met along with her household and discovered she was visiting from Alabama.
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“The men and women of the City of Tybee Island are deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman and our hearts remain with her family and friends,” the Tybee Island Police stated in a Facebook submit.
On Saturday, there have been experiences of thunderstorms within the space that lasted from 12 to 4 p.m.
Tybee Island Beach Safety instructed USA TODAY that lifeguards inform beachgoers to get out of the water when lightning is noticed within the space, however couldn’t affirm if that was the case Saturday.
USA TODAY has reached out to the Tybee Island City Manager for remark.
Lightning strikes account for an average of 49 deaths each year within the U.S. Beachgoers are inspired to get out of the water in the event that they discover thunder and lightning within the space because of the lightning spreading out over the water and appearing as a conductor, in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Tybee Island made headlines final 12 months after the beach noticed a number of drownings. A 33-year-old had jumped off the pier and drowned in an alcohol-related incident, and a female drowned while swimming with her friend on the beach’s south finish.
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