British Teen Killed
Severe thunderstorms roll across Britain,
claiming the life of a teenage boy, and injuring four teenage girls.
August 4, 2004
A violent thunderstorm was responsible
for the death of 14-year-old Joseph Wharton when he was struck by
lightning while camping out at a friends home.
Joseph, a talented teenage footballer,
was hit during a sustained thunderstorm which struck the Bloxwich
area early in the morning.
Paramedics attempted to revive the
young boy at the scene before he was transferred to Walsall Manor
A spokeswoman for Walsall Manor Hospital
said: "A 14-year-old boy was brought into the hospital where
a resuscitation team was waiting for him.
"Despite their efforts, he was
pronounced dead. Our sympathy goes out to the family."
Another thunderstorm produced a lighting
strike that injured four 15-year-old girls in London's Hyde Park.
The girls were all lifted up into the
air by the lightning strike, before being thrown back onto the ground,
an eyewitness reported.
One of the girls had stopped breathing
by the time she was found by a paramedic, London Ambulance Service
said. She was rushed to St Mary's Hospital,
Paddington where she is recovering and is now in a stable condition
in intensive care.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman
said paramedics had risked their lives to treat the girls.
He said: "The storm was still
overhead and lightning was still coming down while they were treating
The other two injured girls are said
to be "comfortable" after being kept in hospital overnight
suffering from minor burns.
A fourth girl who was with them, was
not struck but was treated for shock.
A spokesman for the Royal Society for
the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said four or five people died
each year as a result of lightning strikes in the UK.