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Re: Boy killed by lightning in our anchorage, what would you do?

Ok..we were side sturck by lightning this summer on a mooring in Back Creek Annapolis surrounded by 900 other sailboats. Our boat is grounded to a plate on the hull. The lightening hit a water tower next to us...came through the water up the shaft, melted the Yanmar engine panel, traveled through the engine ground back into the panel, Indescriminately fried instruments ( chartplotter, depthfinder, red LED in two way ficxtures shore charger, VHF ram mike, went up the mast, blew off the windex and wind instrument and hopped to the mast of the sailboat moored next to us. When the charged hit the panel in the cabin there was a blinding ball flash, our hair stood up, oozone smell. I pad, Mobile VHF, TV anannne and radar, white LED in two way fixtures were not affected. All in a milli second. We are bonded and have one of those burr things on the mast top.

1 million volts will go where it wants...give it a path out so it doesnt blow a hole through something looking for it. Can you prevent from being hit. Yes...dont own a sailboat. You can maybe incvrease your odds, but there are no sure remedies or cloaking devices here.

Dave
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