Venice Beach Lightning Strike: 5 Facts You Need to Know

A 20-year-old swimmer was killed and at least seven others were injured after being struck by lighting Sunday at Venice Beach in Los Angeles in a scene a witness described as “like a scene out of ‘Jaws’.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. A 20-Year-Old Man Was Pronounced Dead After Being Struck

The Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted after the strike that eight people were transported to the hospital, including a man in critical condition. NBC Los Angeles and other media outlets reported that the man in critical condition, whose name has not been released, later died.

2. A Witness Said it Was ‘Like a Scene out of Jaws’

Joe Doro, who was at the beach at the time of the strike, described the horrific, chaotic scene to NBC Los Angeles:

It was the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard. It was like a scene out of ‘Jaws,’ all the mothers were going in to grab their kids to drag them out of the water.

3. The National Weather Service Said At Least 4 Strikes hit the Beach

The National Weather Service’s Stuart Seto told the Los Angeles Times that at least four strikes hit the beach and the water at about 2:20 p.m. local time Sunday.

4. The Entire Storm ‘Lasted About 15 Minutes’

According to the Times:

Angelica Roquemore said the entire storm lasted about 15 minutes. The sky over the pier turned dark and lightning crashed down a short time later, startling the crowd of fisherman and beach-goers on the pier.

5. Los Angeles Firefighters in Helicopters Searched for Victims

The strike promoted a massive response from firefighters and paramedics, with the L.A. fire department sending helicopters to search for swimmers who had been struck.

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