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Tragedy as lighting kills woman out collecting shellfish down Pattaya way

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Tragedy as lighting kills woman out collecting shellfish down Pattaya way

 

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Picture: Sophon Cable

 

Tragedy struck in the form of a lightning bolt yesterday evening when an unidentified woman aged about 50 was killed while collecting shellfish off the coast.

 

The lightning hit during a storm instantly killing the woman. It happened at a muddy stretch of beach known as Pak Klong Chai in Na Klua near Pattaya.

 

The place is a popular spot for locals to go and collect two different kinds of shellfish when the tide goes out. The woman was some 600 meters offshore.

 

The victim, dressed all in black, was found with burns to her head and body and had blood coming from her nose and mouth.

 

Attempts to revive her by Sawang Boriboon medics were to no avail and the victim was pronounced dead at Bang Lamung Hospital.

 

Witnesses said they saw a lightning bolt before rushing to call rescue services.

 

Source: Sophon Cable

 

 
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tragic

 

you never want to be the tallest or near the tallest  thing during a thunderstorm 

 

RIP

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2 minutes ago, smedly said:

tragic

 

you never want to be the tallest or near the tallest  thing during a thunderstorm 

 

RIP

Sincere thanks for that good advice.

 

Cheers

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I never realised the danger of lightening until a bolt hit a tree in my garden some months back. I was in the house and it really shocked me, it also took out a small fortune in electrical/ electronic items.  My Mrs goes out in thunderstorms to clean the car... even the cat has sense to hide indoors!

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32 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

I never realised the danger of lightening until a bolt hit a tree in my garden some months back. I was in the house and it really shocked me, it also took out a small fortune in electrical/ electronic items.  My Mrs goes out in thunderstorms to clean the car... even the cat has sense to hide indoors!

As long as she sits inside the car cleaning, no worries. The body of the car acts like a Faraday cage.

everything inside is safe if the car is hit. Outside the car. Not so safe.

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15 minutes ago, Ulic said:

As long as she sits inside the car cleaning, no worries. The body of the car acts like a Faraday cage.

everything inside is safe if the car is hit. Outside the car. Not so safe.

Well hardly, she is cleaning the outside of it. This poor lady on the beach collecting shellfish highlights how dangerous that can be.

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riding a motorbike in open flat terrain carries an element of risk very similar to the lady in the OP who was extremely unlucky, it is an exact science but there are many variables that can determine exactly where lighting will strike, best to find somewhere protected if you think you are really exposed 

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16 hours ago, balo said:

A simple reminder , this is what we learned at school and from our parents , never be the tallest point during a thunderstorm, better to lay down on the beach , would have saved her. In a tropical country like Thailand this should be focused on early in their lives, but sadly lack of education and mai pen rai attitude.

 

Actually, lying down on the ground during a thunderstorm is not a very good idea.  You can still get killed by a nearby lightning strike because of the way that the electrical charge flows through the ground.  There would likely be a a potential difference over the length of your legs/body and you would make quite a good conductor so a charge would flow through you!

 

The best advice, if you are caught out in the open is to crouch down, feet together, head down, make yourself as small a target as possible.  You can probably kiss your ass goodbye at the same time.

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40 minutes ago, doctormann said:

 

Actually, lying down on the ground during a thunderstorm is not a very good idea.  You can still get killed by a nearby lightning strike because of the way that the electrical charge flows through the ground.  There would likely be a a potential difference over the length of your legs/body and you would make quite a good conductor so a charge would flow through you!

 

The best advice, if you are caught out in the open is to crouch down, feet together, head down, make yourself as small a target as possible.  You can probably kiss your ass goodbye at the same time.

now getting very technical but entirely correct if you were to be very close to the strike point, same reason power grid engineers take very small steps when approaching a ground leak

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I freely admit that I had no idea of said dangers.

 

Thanks guys.

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Im sure she had no idea that lightning was about to strike. As far as teaching in school, they dont even teach how to drive a car, so do you think they will be teaching about lightning strikes?

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On 4/7/2018 at 3:24 AM, jacko45k said:

I never realised the danger of lightening until a bolt hit a tree in my garden some months back. I was in the house and it really shocked me, it also took out a small fortune in electrical/ electronic items.  My Mrs goes out in thunderstorms to clean the car... even the cat has sense to hide indoors!

so the cat has more sense than your MRS !!! Many animals know what to do .....

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