Study: Anglers lead in lightning fatalities

June 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

A study of lightning-related deaths in the United States over seven years from 2006 – 2012 found two-thirds of the 238 people killed were outdoors for leisure or recreational activities.

The National Weather Service study found fishermen were most likely to be killed by lightning.

Fishermen accounted for 26 deaths. There were 15 camping deaths and 14 boating deaths. Eleven people were killed on beaches.

A suburban Chicago man was killed by lightning May 26 while fishing below the dam at Lake Shelbyville.

Soccer accounted for 12 deaths, with golf accounting for eight.

Eleven people were killed on the job farming or ranching.

Eighty-two percent of deaths were males, including 90 percent of fishing and sports-related deaths.

Seventy percent of lightning deaths occurred during the summer months of June, July and August.

Many lightning victims were seeking shelter when they were struck.

Ages of victims ranged from 10 to 60 years old.

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