Lightning strike kills boy on Lake Superior beach

1:30 PM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota authorities say a lightning strike on a Lake Superior beach injured eight people, including a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy who later died.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that all eight were on a sailboat that took refuge from a rapidly approaching thunderstorm on Minnesota Point, near the Superior Entry to the Duluth-Superior harbor, about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lightning struck before they could get off the boat, but one person was able to call 911.

Law enforcement and rescue agencies rushed there by boat and ATV. The 9-year-old boy from Iron River, Wis., was flown to a Duluth hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name has not been released. Four others were taken to Duluth hospitals with what authorities described as severe but not life-threatening injuries.

The Associated Press

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