Couple struck by lightning at Punggol jetty

As published in The Straits Times
24 Aug 08 (Sunday)


A couple fishing in the open at Punggol jetty were hit by lightning yesterday afternoon. Paramedics said the 61-year-old Chinese man was not breathing and there was no pulse. There were also burn marks on his chest.

'I just kept screaming for help and for someone to call the ambulance,' said his 54-year-old wife, who declined to be named .'My husband was just saying that it's okay, there's no thunder today. Shortly after he said that, the lightning struck and he collapsed,' she said.

She added that had they gone to their usual fishing spot at the East Coast - where there is shelter - they might have averted danger. They had chosen Punggol because it is nearer their home in Sengkang.

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