3 injured by lightning strike at Fla. beach

At least two men were in the water at the time; one person was critically injured and airlifted to a trauma center


Miami Herald

HAULOVER BEACH, Fla. — With a thunderstorm moving in, and lifeguards working to clear the area, three people were injured — one critically — when they were hit by lightning as they stood in ankle-deep water about five feet from the shoreline at Haulover Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the lightning first hit the water at about 4:15 p.m. at the beach at 10800 Collins Avenue and then hit the three people in the water.

One person was treated on the beach and airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center; the two others were taken to area hospitals, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Matthew Sparling. Two of the victims were rendered unconscious and one of the victims said he felt chest pain and collapsed, he added.

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