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article imageOne dead, one in critical condition after lighting hits LA beach

By Greta McClain     Jul 27, 2014 in World
Los Angeles - One person is dead and one is listed in critical condition after lightning struck a crowded Los Angeles beach, electrocuting 13 beachgoers.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon in the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach. Thirteen people were reportedly injured by the lightning strike, including a 15-year-old child. Eight of the 13 were transported to local hospitals with two in critical condition.
One of those listed in critical condition was a 20-year-old male who was swimming at the time of the lightning strike. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, briefly went missing after the strike. Beachgoer Steve Christensen said his friend was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for the 20-year-old. Christensen told My Fox LA:
"He (Christensen's friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him. He was face down on the bottom."
A LA County Lifeguard rescue boat searches for a missing swimmer struck by lightning.
A LA County Lifeguard rescue boat searches for a missing swimmer struck by lightning.
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Once pulled to safety, lifeguards found the man to be he in cardiac arrest. CPR was administered and he was transported to Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
A surfer who was also in the water when the strike occurred was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood in critical condition.
Beachgoers reported the lighting storm "came out of nowhere" and that they felt a surge of electricity through the water. Stuart Acher told ABC 7:
"All of a sudden there was a big flash of light and a boom. It felt like someone punched me in the back of my head. It went down the whole right side of my body. My calves sort of locked up and I fell over, and I looked up and everybody else was sort of falling over."
Archer was treated by paramedics at the scene and released.
A 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on Catalina Island. He was transported to Catalina Island Medical Center in stable condition. The lightning strike also ignited several brush fires according to the LA Times.
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