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Boat crew escape lightning strike

The crew on board a fishing vessel were "extremely lucky" to escape injury after their boat was struck by lightning, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.

The strike shattered glass in the wheel-house, destroyed all electrical equipment on board and disabled their engine while they fished a few miles off North Foreland, Ramsgate, Kent.

Both crew members escaped injury because they were on the deck of the vessel, called Progress, when lightning struck it on Friday afternoon.

They were able to summon help using a mobile phone, and the Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat towed the vessel back to shore where the crew were met by a Coastguard rescue team.

Dover Coastguard watch manager Bob Giles said: "The crew of this fishing vessel were extremely lucky.

"They were fishing in an area with mobile phone reception and so still had a way to call for help when the lightning strike blew out their communications equipment, shattered the glass in the wheel-house, disabled their engine and blew a seacock through the bottom of the vessel causing an ingress of water."


From Belfast Telegraph