A 15-year-old girl died after being struck by lightning while she was swimming off the coast of Georgia, United States.
Lifeguards performed CPR on the girl before she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The girl had been visiting Georgia along with her family from Alabama.
On average, around 49 people are killed each year in the U.S. with hundreds more injured, according to the National Weather Service.
‘Lightning doesn’t strike the ocean as much as land, but when it does, it spreads out over the water, which acts as a conductor,’ according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
‘If you’re at the beach and hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water. Get off the beach and take shelter in a building or in your car.’
‘Often swimmers and beach goers are enjoying the moment and when storms appear suddenly, the unthinkable can occur,’ said Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions in a statement.
‘All of us on Tybee have heavy hearts today, especially the first responders who desperately tried to save her life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young lady,’ said mayor Sessions said.