Several people were taken to the hospital yesterday after lightning struck a Connecticut golf course. The incident occurred as workers were clearing the green of water to prepare for a scheduled tournament.
According to the Hartford Courant, 15 employees of the Lake of Isles golf course, in North Stonington, Conn., were affected by the lightning. No one was directly struck, but a hospital visit was warranted to ensure no one was seriously injured.
MSNBC reported emergency responders from the local fire department were called to the golf course at approximately 9:45 a.m. after a bout of strong storms had passed through the region.
Carlos Pascual, a cousin of one of the workers, told WTNH, "He was with a couple guys who were walking in and it's like electricity hit his body," he said. "Like hit him in the body and he just passed out on the floor."
"He had all the burns all over his body, like electricity burned his body. That's what I saw," Pascual said.
The group of individuals had sought shelter in an enclosed, grounded shed located on the green.
"They followed exactly what they were supposed to do," Archie Cart, the General Manager of Lake of Isles, told WTNH. "Those closest to the maintenance building went inside the maintenance building, those close to the enclosed shelter, and there are two of them on the property, go to those buildings."
The golf course, located near Foxwoods Casino, is owned by The Troon Company and is built upon property owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, reported the Courant.
NECN (via Associated Press) and WTNH both noted the workers are all expected to recover; there were no life threatening injuries reported.