Coast Guard rescues 7 people after lightning strikes 100 miles off Tampa Bay, Florida

CLEARWATER, Florida – Seven people were rescued from a boat 100 miles off the coast of Tampa Bay, Florida on Saturday after a lightning strike.

The lightning struck the 39-foot-long boat and came very close to the owner and his sister.

The owner had to use a beacon to call for help and contact the US Coast Guard.

Officials said he had to light flares to help the crew find them. The group is 120 kilometers off the coast and on their way to a fishing tournament in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Lightning storms are frequent in the Florida maritime environment and can pose a significant hazard to boaters,” Coast Guard pilot Lieutenant David McKinley said in a statement. “Fortunately, the crew members in this case were thoroughly prepared with all the necessary safety equipment including EPIRBs, flares and marine VHF radios to ensure a quick and efficient rescue. fruit.”

Everyone on the boat is expected to be fine.

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