Strikes 19 Golfers
July 12, 2004
KREMMLING, Colo. - Survivors of a lightning strike that knocked
out 19 golfers as they were returning to the golf course said that
the lightning arced from man to man as they emerged from their cars
thinking the storm had passed.
John Reyes said that when he came to
he first felt "totally paralyzed" and then felt a surge
of pain and heat. "I thought I was on fire," he said.
Another one of the golfers, Sean McManus
said he experienced a "dead feeling from my chest down."
The lightning strike caught the golfers
by surprise during a tournament set up on a makeshift course. Four
of the men were hospitalized and 15 others suffered minor injuries
while playing golf atop a bluff in northwest Colorado.
Participants, who had gone to their
cars during the storm, were hit as they returned to the bluff thinking
the lightning had passed.
“All of a sudden it felt like someone
hit me over the head with a baseball bat,” said Kim Douglass, who
was standing near the group of men.
Four of the men were flown to Denver-area
hospitals with what authorities said were life-threatening injuries.
All were expected to fully recover.
This past May, a 47-year-old man was
killed when lightning struck a driving range at a golf course in
Across the nation, some 100 fatalities
a year are attributed to lightning strikes. Experts advise people
to stay indoors 30 minutes after seeing lightning.