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Tuesday, March 28

Scouts Faulted for Lack of Lightning Safety

Just found this. Looks like one of my distant relatives was hit by lightning. :(

CLIFTON , N.J. – The forecast was ugly the day Matthew Tresca died.

The National Weather Service warned throughout the afternoon of severe weather in the Pocono Mountains where the teenager and more than 300 other Boy Scouts were at a one-week camp.

At the end of supper, as lightning flashed in the distance, scout leaders dismissed the boys from the dining hall and sent them to their tented campsites in the woods. Around 7 p.m., lightning struck a tent pole near the picnic table where 16-year-old Matthew sat under a tarp. He suffered cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead within 90 minutes. [MORE]


posted by Michael Tresca at 10:51 AM

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  • I'm sorry for your loss.

    It's amazing that, in a world that seems to want to find enemies and fight, we statistically have more to fear from natural occurences and cars.

    By Blogger Doug, at Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:01:00 PM  

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