Wrath Of God? 14 People Struck By Lightning And 1 Dead As Violent Storm Rolls Over California Beach

- By Bossip Staff

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California Lightning Storm Strikes 14 People And Leaves 1 Dead

Via NYDailyNews

A freak lightning storm battered a California beach, killing a 20-year-old man with a blast of electricity and injuring 13 more along the coast.

Beachgoers watched a big storm roll across the horizon, but had no idea it was headed their way and would zap about a dozen people along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

When the lightning hit at about 2:20 p.m., it sounded like “just one big explosion,” Ruben Tumbaga, 36, told the Daily News.

“Right when I saw it hit the ground, I closed my eyes and flinched,” Tumbaga, of Long Beach, Calif., said.

He cracked his eyes open and saw the aftermath.

Smoke feathered from the water’s edge where a body boarder floated in the water. He was conscious and breathing, but Tumbaga thought “he was dead at first.”

“He was pretty much just dead weight being carried out of the water,” Tumbaga said.

Lifeguards and others rushed to help the older man, even passing a man who exclaimed he’d been hit as well, because the older man in the water needed their attention.

Chest compressions brought the boarder back to life, and he slowly started breathing again “like a fish out of water,” Tumbaga added.

Our condolences to the family that lost a loved one, but what an inexplicable way to go out…

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