LA lightning kills 1, injures 13

Updated: 2014-07-29 06:52

By Associated Press in Los Angeles(China Daily)

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A 20-year-old man died after lightning struck 14 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golf course, a coroner's official said on Sunday.

Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said the man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Nine people were hospitalized, including one who remained in critical condition.

 LA lightning kills 1, injures 13

People gather outside a home that was damaged by a lightning strike on Haynes Lane in a residential area of Redondo Beach, California, on Sunday. Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters

The lightning struck as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California.

Steve Christensen said his friend tried to help when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.

"He went out to the water to find him and walked right into him," Christensen said. "He was face down on the bottom."

Christensen said his friend pulled the man from the water, and lifeguards began trying to resuscitate him before taking him away on a truck.

Stuart Acher said he was struck while playing volleyball on the beach.

"All of a sudden there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head," he told KABC-TV.

"It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up, and I fell over. And I looked up and everybody else was, you know, falling over."

Other fire officials said that most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and they were expected to recover.

(China Daily 07/29/2014 page10)