Teen, 15, is killed after being struck by lightning as she swam in the sea off the Georgia coast


Teen, 15, is killed after being struck by lightning as she swam in the sea off the Georgia coast

  • A 15-year-old girl was struck by lightning off Tybee Island on Saturday afternoon 
  • Police were called at 2:37pm in relation to the girl who was hit while swimming
  • Tybee Island Fire Department performed CPR on the girl before she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead 
  • Police say the victim and her family were visiting Tybee Island from Alabama 

A 15-year-old girl was killed after being struck by lightning as she swam off the Georgia coast. 

The incident happened at around 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon when the emergency services were called to deal with the girl who had been in the water, according to the Tybee Island Police Department. 

Firefighters and lifeguards from Tybee Island performed CPR on the girl who had been visiting along with her family from Alabama.

A 15-year-old girl was struck by lightning off Tybee Island on Saturday afternoon (file photo)

The teen was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

‘Saw the whole thing unfold in front of lighthouse pizza north. The lifeguards did a great job doing CPR in the back seat while the fire department met the ambulance as close as possible. I hope she can make it though. I will say the lifeguards looked better than the EMS that took her,’ wrote Riley Smith Facebook. 

‘The men and women of the City of Tybee Island are deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman and our hearts remain with her family and friends,’ the statement read. 

On average, around 49 people are killed each year in the U.S. with hundreds more injured, according to the National Weather Service.

‘Lightning doesn’t strike the ocean as much as land, but when it does, it spreads out over the water, which acts as a conductor,’ according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Police were called at 2:37pm in relation to the girl who was hit while swimming (file photo)

Police were called at 2:37pm in relation to the girl who was hit while swimming (file photo)

There have been two deaths as a result of lightning strikes in 2021, in Georgia and New Jersey

There have been two deaths as a result of lightning strikes in 2021, in Georgia and New Jersey

On average, around 49 people are killed each year in the U.S. with hundreds more injured, according to the National Weather Service

On average, around 49 people are killed each year in the U.S. with hundreds more injured, according to the National Weather Service

‘If you’re at the beach and hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water. Get off the beach and take shelter in a building or in your car.’ 

‘Often swimmers and beach goers are enjoying the moment and when storms appear suddenly, the unthinkable can occur,’ said Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions in a statement. 

All of us on Tybee have heavy hearts today, especially the first responders who desperately tried to save her life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young lady,’ said mayor Sessions said.

'Lightning doesn't strike the ocean as much as land, but when it does, it spreads out over the water, which acts as a conductor,' according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (file photo)

‘Lightning doesn’t strike the ocean as much as land, but when it does, it spreads out over the water, which acts as a conductor,’ according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (file photo)

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