Lightning strike at New Jersey beach kills lifeguard, injures 7, police say

Police were called to the 21st Avenue Beach in the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley Township around 4:35 p.m. for a report of a lightning strike. When they arrived at the scene, police determined that eight people, including four lifeguards, were struck by lightning or injured from a residual strike, according to the Berkeley Township Police Department.

At least one of the victims, a Berkeley Township lifeguard, died from his injuries. He was the ninth lightning fatality in the U.S. this year and the second death in New Jersey, according to the National Lightning Safety Council

TWO TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED BY LIGHTNING THAT STRUCK AT LEAST 7 ON BRONX BEACH

A lifeguard chair sits overturned on the sand at the beach in Berkeley Township, N.J., where a young lifeguard was killed and seven others injured by a lightning strike, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

A lifeguard chair sits overturned on the sand at the beach in Berkeley Township, N.J., where a young lifeguard was killed and seven others injured by a lightning strike, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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