Four continuing to recover after Isle of Palms lightning strike


Four people are continuing to recover after being hospitalized from a lightning strike.

It happened on Sunday off Ocean Point Drive in Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms.

The storms on Monday brought thunder and lightning for a second day in a row on Isle of Palms.

And while the beach was deserted today, Sunday was a different story.

“They were walking off the beach, a wooded beach path, back from the beach toward the homes and they were struck by lightning,” said Mayor Dick Cronin.

Cronin says in the entire time he’s been here there has never been a person struck by lightning until Sunday.

According to the initial emergency call, officials had received reports that eight people had been struck by lightning.

“Eight people is a major, major trauma event,” Cronin said.

It turned out only three people were struck by lightning, and a child was hurt after being dropped by the adult holding the child.

Several others were knocked off their feet by the impact.

“Fortunately there were people in the home nearby who could provide some assistance until our personnel and our EMS were on the scene,” Cronin said.

Cronin commended the first responders for their quick actions.

“All our personnel were on scene – police, fire, EMS,” Cronin said.”We sent the whole fleet.”

Thankfully everyone will be okay, but Cronin advises,”As a precaution, when you hear thunder take cover. Obviously if you see lightning you should be in cover.”

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