Kills NC College Student
September 28, 2008
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP)
- Authorities say a college student from Maryland has died
after lightning struck near where he was swimming off the
North Carolina coast.
University of North Carolina
Wilmington officials say the body of 18-year-old freshman
John Edward Sackett of Annapolis, Md., was recovered Friday
afternoon from the ocean near Wrightsville Beach.
Sackett and a group of friends
were surfing when a thunderstorm came up suddenly with lightning
and heavy rain. All were able to return to shore safely
except for John. Witnesses said that lightning struck Sackett
and he struggled before going underwater. Rescuers performed
CPR on Sackett before he was taken to New Hanover Regional
Medical Center. Sackett was pronounced dead at the hospital.
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