Man Dies From Lightning Strike in California

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms.

Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said the man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.

Dietz did not immediately know the cause of death and couldn't immediately confirm whether the man was a swimmer pulled from the water and given CPR by lifeguards.

Authorities said 13, including a 15-year-old boy were jolted by lightning on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Nine were taken to hospitals, where one remained in critical condition, authorities said. The man struck on Catalina Island is in fair condition.


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