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2 men in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Hobe Sound Beach

2 men in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Hobe Sound Beach

2 men in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Hobe Sound Beach

Martin County, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- Martin County Ocean Rescue responded to two men who were struck by lightning while fishing on the shore of Hobe Sound Beach around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to Martin County Fire Rescue, both men sustained critical injuries.

One patient was airlifted in the LifeStar helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The other patient was transported in a ground unit to Jupiter Medical Center.

Their current conditions are unknown.

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When Thunder roars go indoors!

Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away. Stay away from concrete floors or walls.

Safety precautions outdoors

  • If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
  • Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • Don’t forget the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
  • Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.Although you should move into a non-concrete structure if possible, being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.

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