Authorities said that a boat captain from Florida was killed and a passenger was hurt on Sunday night following what is thought to have been a lightning strike to the boat.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission named the deceased captain as 39-year-old Peter Strong of West Melbourne, according to NBC station WESH, which is situated near Daytona Beach, Florida.
According to WESH, Strong and his unidentified passenger were on the Indian River near the Pineda Causeway and U.S. 1 when the incident occurred.
The tweet below confirms the news:
A Florida boat captain was killed and a passenger injured after the vessel they were in was believed to have been struck by lightning on Sunday night, officials say. https://t.co/Xpiwkmoude
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 18, 2023
Historically, the National Weather Service had predicted thunderstorms for the area Sunday night.
When Strong was officially declared dead from his injuries wasn’t immediately known. According to officials, the passenger was transported to a hospital for treatment after suffering minor injuries.
Requests for comments made overnight to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately fulfilled.
According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes cause about 20 fatalities and hundreds of serious injuries each year in the United States.
According to the weather service, some survivors experience neurological damage that lasts a lifetime.
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