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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  • by Daniel Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Seeing that he was a college student, he should have known better. This is something that we learn back in elementary school.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Sep 27, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    This is higher education stupidity.
  • by TJ on Sep 27, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Its a known facted that lightning can travel 30miles plus.So if you see it your to close.If your outside try to find somewhere a little safer.I havent been struck by it but I have been shocked by it three different times.I'm gun shy when comes to lightning.It either likes me or it don't.How is the woman and toddler doing.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Don't get in the water while it's lightning, guys. I pray that his family will handle this well.
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