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Three struck by lightning at airshow

PUBLISHED: 15:34 13 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:49 16 September 2010

Hayley Mace

A teenager has been taken to hospital after being struck by lightning at the second day of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

The 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning while watching the show at about 1pm.

A teenager has been taken to hospital after being struck by lightning at the second day of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

The 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning while watching the show at about 1pm and two other people standing close to him were also affected.

These two were treated by St John Ambulance volunteers at the festival but the teenager had a minor burn on his shoulder and was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, where he is now doing fine.

Jordan Gissing, 16, was one of the three people struck by lightning while he was holding an umbrella.

“We were just watching the planes go past and I don't know - there was a flash of lightning.”

Jordan, from Lowestoft, said he saw a spark on his hand and threw the umbrella to the ground.

“I couldn't speak. I was shocked.”

Jason Gillingham, county ambulance officer who is at the show, said: “This was a very minor burn to the boy's shoulder, but he was conveyed to hospital and is recovering well.”

Heavy rain and thunderstorms have once again drenched the crowds who have turned out for the second day of the event.

Most of the flying displays have gone ahead with minor alterations to allow for the limited visibility and there was enough sunshine for the ever-popular Red Arrows to start the show in style at about 12.30pm.

The flying schedule today continues until just after 5pm, with the Avro Vulcan, Team Breitling wingwalkers and Yak 52 display team still due to appear.

Air show steward Keith Martindill, who has been one of the volunteers collecting donations from visitors, said: “Some people are putting in more than £2, one man put in a tenner and then walked off. It's been pretty good actually.”

Sandy Timpson, from Lound, said she has been to the air festival for the last few years. “It's good apart from the weather. The Blades are my favourite, they're just so good, and the Vulcan of course - that goes without saying.”

Steve Ferber, who had come with his family from Potters Bar, said: “The main thing that attracted me to come has been seeing the Red Arrows.”

If you were involved in the lightning strike at the air festival, contact us on 01502 525835.


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