14 People Struck by Lightning on California Beach; 1 in Critical Condition, 1 Dead

A man is treated by a paramedics after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (REUTERS)
A man is treated by a paramedics after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (REUTERS)

A coroner’s official says a 20-year-old man has died after lightning struck 14 people at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles and Catalina Island.

Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz says the man was taken from the beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Dietz says he can’t confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, were jolted by lightning at the beach as rare summer thunderstorms hit Southern California.

Nine went to hospitals, including one who remains in critical condition.

Lightning also struck a 57-year-old man on a golf course on Santa Catalina Island but he was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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