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Lightning strikes more than twice in Lakeland rescue drama

Posted 27 May 2010
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Lightning strikes more than twice in Lakeland rescue drama
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Four walkers were struck by lightning on the same day in the Lake District as the recent sunny weather gave way to storms.

Yesterday (May 26th) saw four people rescued after three incidents that took place in the national park.

The first call saw an RAF helicopter scrambled from Prestwick in Ayrshire to an incident in the Langdales, but later on three more people had to be rescued after a series of strikes in the Buttermere fells around Grasmoor, Crag Hill and Whiteless Pike.

Mike Park, the leader of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, said: "A man in his 50s was said to have been thrown 30 ft in the air by a mini-explosion at Grasmoor."

Those venturing out on the mountains may wish to ensure they are wearing waterproof jackets should weather conditions take a turn for the worse while they are up there.

Lightning always strikes the highest point available, which would have made Grasmoor particularly vulnerable to a strike as it is the loftiest peak in the Buttermere fells at 2,795 ft.

Posted by Dan Mirza