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Re: Boy killed by lightning in our anchorage, what would you do?
I've followed this story closely, as like the OP, my boat is at Barker's Island Marina, just a mile or two from where this tragedy occurred. Eight people (6 family members and 2 family friends) were caught out on the lake in a 26 foot sailboat when the thunderstorm approached. As I understand it they made for the nearest shore and got off the boat as the storm hit, then had second thoughts about being on the beach in those conditions and were in the process of getting back on the boat when the lightning strike occurred. The boy died and 5 other members of the party ended up at the hospital.
Tragic, heartbreaking for the family, and way too close to home for the boating community in the Duluth-Superior harbor basin.
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