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1 dead, 13 hurt in Venice Beach lightning strike

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:54

Sudden lightning strike kills a 20-year-old man and injures 13 others at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Linda So reports.

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Lifeguards rush to help a man struck by lightning at Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday. Officials say a 20-year-old man died and at least 13 others were hurt when the bolt of lightning struck without warning. SOUNDBITE: NED WALKER, WITNESS, SAYING: "Freakiest part about it there was clear blue sky overhead." Witnesses say it happened so suddenly lifeguards didn't even have time to warn people on the beach. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS, SAYING: "It's just insane that lighting would just crash on the beach, right there, right in front of us…the loudest lighting I've ever heard." Officials say all the victims were in the water or very close to it when the lightning struck. Paul Dionne was bodysurfing when he felt the jolt. SOUNDBITE: PAUL DIONNE, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, SAYING: "I was trying to get my head above the water for air." Luckily Dionne recovered and was quickly released from hospital, but the the 20 year old man never regained conciousness. Another person is in critical condition.

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1 dead, 13 hurt in Venice Beach lightning strike

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:54