Two Boys Playing in Surf Injured
Bald Head Island, NC- Two boys playing
in the surf at Bald Head Island were hospitalized, and seven other
people were dazed but unhurt after lightning struck, officials said.
The cousins, 9 and 11 years old, were
injured by lightning that apparently hit the water near them, said
Jerome Munna, chief of the Bald Head Island Fire and Emergency Services
The youngest boy went into cardiac arrest, then was revived by CPR
from someone on the beach and by rescue personnel, Munna said. The
injuries occurred about midday Sunday when a thunderstorm moved
quickly over the beach.
The 9-year -old was taken to New Hanover
Regional Medical Center and then flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel
Hill. The boy's 11-year-old cousin suffered less serious injuries
and was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.
The boys, one from Virginia and one
from Connecticut were staying on the island with their families,
but were not identified at the families' request, and hospital officials
would not release information about their conditions.
Forecasters for the National Weather
Service in Wilmington, NC , said the lightning was spawned by a
small line of storms from Carolina Beach to Bald Head Island.