5-year-old boy dies after being struck by lightning while playing on beach with family


Lightning strike at beach (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A family in North Carolina, is devastated after a 5-year-old boy lost his life while playing on a beach during a thunderstorm.

A spokesperson for the Currituck Fire and EMS, said that the incident unfolded on Sunday around 4:00 p.m.

According to the police investigation, the boy and his family were preparing to head back to their vehicle after a day on the Carova Beach, when thunderstorms developed.

As the boy and his father were getting into the car, the boy was struck by lightning. The child suffered burns and went into cardiac arrest.

After the lightning strike, the child's family took him in their vehicle to meet an ambulance. First responders then met with the boy and his family a mile north of the beach.

The child was taken to the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, where he was pronounced dead.