Body of missing child found in Florida lake after reported lightning strike
Florida is considered the "lightning strike capital" of the U.S. On average, 10 people are killed by lightning each year in Florida, the most of any state.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit said they have located body of a boy who disappeared Thursday in a Central Florida lake during a storm.
Officials spent an entire day searching for the missing boy from the air and in the water at Lake Fairview in Orlando but found his body on Friday evening.
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Five middle school-aged children with North Orlando Rowing, a non-profit rowing club, were reportedly out on the lake for practice when their rowing boat flipped over, possibly due to a lightning strike nearby, according to the Orlando Fire Department.
The names of the children have not been released, and the current condition of the child at the hospital is not known.
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In a statement on Instagram, the North Orlando Rowing Club said it was "devastated" and "working through this as we always do, as a team." According to the North Orlando Rowing Club's schedule, there were several practices happening on Thursday, including the JV team, varsity tv, and a middle school practice.
Friday afternoon, neighbors, team members, and other crews came to the area to pray and lay flowers at a makeshift memorial.
Florida is considered the "lightning strike capital" of the U.S. On average, 10 people are killed by lightning each year in Florida, the most of any state, according to the National Weather Service.
Nationwide, there have already been more lightning-related deaths this year than all of last year. There have been 17 deaths across the country through mid-August, compared to 11 in the entire year of 2021.