Sturgeon Lake man dies after being struck by lightning


A Pine County man has died from his injuries after a lightning strike.

The Associated Press reports that emergency crews were called to a home in Sturgeon Lake, about 50 miles south of Duluth, around 7:30 on Monday night. They found a 53-year-old man who had had been hit by lightning. When first responders arrived, CPR was being performed on the man. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake where he later died.

WDIO-TV in Duluth reports that the victim had been standing in a large puddle of water near a tree when both the man and the tree were struck by a lightning bolt. A thunderstorm was rolling through the area.

The Pine County Sheriff's office has not released the man's name pending notification of next of kin.

The Star Tribune notes that the U.S recorded 238 deaths fatalities from lightning between 2006 to 2012, citing a recent study by the National Weather Service.

The study found that 82 percent of the fatalities were men. The study suggested that the disparity is due to several factors including the fact that men are more likely to be in vulnerable situations, are unwilling to be inconvenienced by the threat of lightning, are in situations that make it difficult to get to a safe place quickly or don’t react quickly to the threat.

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