8 Hurt By Lightning Bolt At SeaWorld


ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A lightning strike at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday afternoon injured eight people, a spokesman for the tourist venue said.

Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Genevieve Latham said the victims — five SeaWorld employees and three customers — were all expected to survive, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The victims were in a patio area and did not appear to have been hit directly, the newspaper said.

The lightning strike occurred during a storm about 5 p.m. EDT in SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove water park, county emergency and park officials said.

SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck told the Sentinel the three guests and two of the employees were hospitalized. He said three other employees were taken to a local clinic. Two of the customers were later released.

Gollattscheck said victims were all “conscious and alert” when they were taken for treatment.

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