What to do in case of lightning: What to avoid, how to survive
Although the vast majority of lightning victims survive, the effects can be severe and long-lasting.
Survivors often suffer severe injuries and burns, and may be left with some form of disability, with symptoms such as seizures and memory loss.
If someone around you is struck by lightning, call for help immediately.
People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge, according to the CDC, so it is safe to touch and move them. Bring them indoors if possible.
The victim’s heart or breathing may have stopped and CPR may be required.
Statistics say that the probability of being hit by lightning is less than one in a million, while 9 out of 10 of those actually hit will survive.
However, the tragic outcome of the endurance race with a 55-year-old man killed and a 56-year-old man seriously injured, shows that everyone should know what to do to protect themselves.