Air Festival teenager hit by lightning

A 13 year old boy was struck by lightning at the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival this afternoon.The incident happened at 1.13pm and the boy was cared for by the St John Ambulance Suffolk team and was quickly taken to the James Paget Hospital suffering a minor burn.

A 13 year old boy was struck by lightning at the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival this afternoon.

The incident happened at 1.13pm and the boy was cared for by the St John Ambulance Suffolk team and was quickly taken to the James Paget Hospital suffering a minor burn.

He was expected to make a full recovery.

Jason Gillingham, County Ambulance officer and on scene at the show, said: “This was a very minor burn to the boy's shoulder, but he was conveyed to hospital and is recovering well.


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“The incident proves what an important role St John Ambulance plays here at the Show every year. We really do our bit to make a difference to the enormous number of people who are out enjoying their day.”

Around 70 members have been providing first aid support to the thousands of people attending the Festival. The team includes fully trained nurses, doctors and paramedics.

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