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Woman Struck By Lightning During Wilderness Survival Class

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For someone who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, a Florida woman sure found herself at the right place at the right time.

The unidentified woman was struck by lightning while attending a wilderness survival class Wednesday in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

It seems the woman was one of the few students eager to act as a volunteer in class because one of the subjects covered is lightning.

Wednesday’s class was supposed to take place outside, but the threat of severe storms moved it indoors. As everyone moved inside, the woman was struck by lightning.

Instructor Sawyer Alberi, sensing a golden opportunity to provide a great lesson, checked over the woman. He said, “She never lost consciousness. She seemed to be OK, but I sat her down and listened to her heart and lungs.”

An ambulance arrived and whisked the victim to a hospital. She’s believed to be between the ages of 26 and 28. She didn’t have any burns or outward signs she was struck by lightning, leading Alberi to declare, “It goes to show that not every lightning strike is deadly.” Not that we’d like to find out firsthand.

[Daily Hampshire Gazette]

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