4 Injured after Lightning Strike Disables Boat in Putnam County
Four people were injured by lightning on the Fourth of July in Putnam County.
On July 4 around 3 p.m., members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of an occupied disabled boat on Lake Mahopac.
Despite heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes, officers were able to find the disabled vessel, which was near the northwest corner of the lake.
Two men and two women, ranging in age from 28-41, were on the boat. One male passenger told police his boat and the entire group had been struck by lightning, adding three of the four needed immediate medical care.
With the help of Mahopac Marine, the disabled boat and passengers were towed to shore. Once the disabled boat reached a dock, two paramedics, along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department, boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers.
Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, police say. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled.
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