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Lightning Strikes Mere Feet Away From Australian Men

posted: 02/02/16
by: Danny Clemens

A group of men narrowly avoided becoming a statistic after a powerful bolt of lightning struck in the water mere feet from where they were standing.

A video uploaded to YouTube by Daniel Dudman depicts the frightening scene, which unfolded last month in Oyster Bay, New South Wales:


The group was right to run for cover, although they should have sought shelter at the first sign of thunder. As NOAA explains, "If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you."

Related: Lightning Strikes Jetliner at Atlanta Airport

"When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up," the agency adds.

In the United States alone, lightning kills approximately three dozen and injures an additional 300 people each year, according to data collected by the National Weather Service. Lighting fatalities, however, are on the decline, a trend that the service attributes to better media coverage of lightning safety information and technological advances.

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