VIDEO: Children Hit by Lightning


( – In an unfortunate and horrifying tragedy, three kids were hit by lightning on a beach in Puerto Rico while they were standing together on the sands of Montones de Isabela beach in the northern city of Isabela.

Watch the video further down this post. Warning: The video is very graphic.

A cellphone video recorded the moment the boys, aged 7, 10, and 12, were hit by lightning and fell to the sand.

Another video showed a woman performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on one of the children while a couple did chest compressions on the other two.

Carlos Cruz, who oversees the Isabela Municipal Emergency Management, told a local newspaper that one of the parents had gone to get a bottle of water from a cooler when the lightning struck.

“When they heard the lightning, they heard the child screaming,” Cruz said.

After the incident, the children were rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Aguadilla.

The seven-year-old reported not having much feeling in his feet but was in stable condition, while the 12-year-old is critical.

This incident comes three weeks after a family was narrowly struck by lightning in Resistencia, Argentina. One bolt split a tree in half and caused more damage nearby.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an average of 20 to 30 people are killed and hundreds more are injured by lightning each year in the United States.

However, only 13 people were killed by lightning strikes in the U.S. in 2023, the second-lowest total since 2021, when only 11 deaths were recorded.

Moreover, a 51-year-old man reportedly became the first lightning casualty of 2024 when he was struck while working with cattle on his ranch in Jackson County, Colorado, with multiple cows also killed during the storm.

The last lightning-related deaths in Puerto Rico occurred in 2022 when a man and a woman were struck while riding jet skis in Salinas.

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