Teen Injured After Jet Ski Struck by Lightning in Tampa
Saved by the Jacket
A 15-year-old boy riding a Jet Ski was injured Monday afternoon when he was struck by lightning in Tampa, Fla.
“We saw the jet-skier coming to the boat ramp over here probably 200 yards off from the club. Looked to me to be a direct lightning strike. I saw the bolt and it looked to me like it directly impacted the victim. He slouched over the Jet Ski right away, so we went out and got him,” witness Kenneth Hardy told Fox 13.
“He was not initially responsive. He was in the water. He was wearing his life jacket. That probably saved his life. It was secured properly too. That helped a lot so we pulled him right in the boat and my partner administered CPR,” Hardy said.