NC College Student Dies After Lightning Strike

Authorities say a college student from Maryland has died after lightning struck near where he was swimming off the North Carolina coast.

University of North Carolina Wilmington officials say the body of 18-year-old freshman John Edward Sackett of Annapolis, Md., was recovered Friday afternoon from the ocean near Wrightsville Beach.

Witnesses saw the teen struggle and go under after the lightning strike. Rescuers performed CPR on Sackett before he was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Thunderstorms moved across eastern North Carolina on Friday, and authorities say a woman and a toddler were struck by lightning in a Fayetteville parking lot.


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