Good Samaritans rescue teens struck by lightning on Fla. beach

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WHDH) – Two teens were rescued by good Samaritans on a Florida beach after they got struck by lightning.

Witnesses said they were sitting out on the balconies overlooking the beach when they saw the teens running across the sand. They then reported seeing a huge strike of lightning. Kassandra Thomas, who happened to be a registered nurse, saw it from the 16th floor of her building.

“Nobody was moving,” said Thomas. “I’m yelling, are you OK? Are you OK? And another, somebody else turned around, and he said, ‘No! Help, help!'”

Thomas ran down to the beach and administered CPR to one of the teens who had lost consciousness. Another resident, Kirk Pattison, followed behind to help the two teens until emergency crews arrived.

“No thank you necessary,” said Pattison. “That’s something that somebody should do for anybody else.”

The 15-year-old boy who lost consciousness remains in critical condition. The 18-year-old, who was speaking and told Thomas he could not feel his legs, is in good condition.

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