Lightning struck a couple on a beach in Cha-am, killing the woman and injuring her partner on Wednesday 24th of May.
The couple were sitting on the beach under a tree, when a flash of lightning hit them, rendering them both unconscious. The pair were using their mobile phones at the time.
When the emergency services arrived, they discovered a disorientated man with burns on his legs. The woman, who was nearby, had burns to her head and was bleeding from her ears, mouth and nose.
Despite being rushed to hospital she passed away in the ambulance. She was later identified as 27-year-old Supranee Kheunkankong from Chaiyaphum, in central Thailand.
Police suggested that using their mobile phones was a factor in the lightning strike but there is little in the way of evidence to suggest that mobile phones attract lightning.
In fact a National Weather Service lightning expert said ” people are struck because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The wrong place is anywhere outside when a thunderstorm is nearby.”
Other sources state that mobile phones and small metal items do not attract lightning. One even says “nothing attracts lightning but it has a tendency to strike tall objects, which is why we should not shelter under trees.”
Source : Thaivisa
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