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The Coast Guard rescued seven people after lightning struck off the coast of Clearwater

The helicopter crew had to lift five women and two men from the boat to safety.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The US Coast Guard rescued seven people in a boat off the coast of Clearwater after a recent lightning strike.

According to a report, a 39-foot ship was struck by lightning 100 miles off the Clearwater Sea on Saturday. The Coast Guard’s Seven Command Centers received warnings from the boat and were able to contact the shipowner’s wife to find out where they were.

According to the boat owner’s wife, her husband and six other people took part in the fishing tournament.

After finding the boat, the helicopter crew had to take five women and two men off the boat.

According to the Coast Guard, each of the boats was taken safely to the airport where the family was waiting for them.

Lieutenant David McKinley, a Coast Guard pilot, said in a statement, “Lightning storms are a regular occurrence in the Florida marine environment and can pose a significant threat to boaters.” “Fortunately, in this situation, the boatmen were well trained with all the necessary safety equipment, including EPIRB, torches and marine VHF radio, to ensure a quick and efficient rescue.”

The Coast Guard says the boat owner was working with a commercial rescuer to try to get the boat back.

Editor’s note: This story is designed to reflect the actual location of the boat at sea. It was 100 miles, not feet.



The Coast Guard rescued seven people after lightning struck off the coast of Clearwater

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