A sixteen year old professional angler named Tucker K Owings captured a video of a lightning strike during a recent thunderstorm. In the incredible video, you can see both the beauty and the power of a lightning strke.
The video was captured when Owings accidentally left his sports action camera running. In it, lightning bolts can be seen repeatedly striking the lake surface in front of Owings' bass boat.
Fishing and boating aren't typically considered risky activities with respect to lighting fatalities, but a recent paper from the National Weather Service on lightning fatalities from 2006 through 2012 indicates that they should be. The research paper was authored by John S. Jensenius, Jr a Lightening Safety Specialist.
"The common belief that golfers are responsible for the greatest number of lightning deaths was shown to be a myth. During this 7-year period fishermen accounted for more than three times as many fatalities as golfers, while camping and boating each accounted for almost twice as many deaths as golf."
Jensenius reports that the majority of lightning fatalities associated with boats involved smaller boats lacking cabins and lightning mitigation systems. He also writes "based on the media reports of the fatal incidents, many victims were either headed to safety at the time of the fatal strike or were just steps away from safety."
Do you find it surprising that fishing had three times the lightning fatalities that golf did? We certainly did. So the next time you're headed out on the water, consider bringing a portable weather radio along to stay aware of potentially dangerous weather in your area.
Photo and Video Credit (Tucker K Owings via Facebook)