Six people have been rushed to hospital following reports of a lightning strike in the Bronx. The incident took place at Orchard Beach. Beach-goers threw their belongings and fled when, seemingly out of nowhere, a violent thunderstorm broke out.
A total of six people were struck by lightning while sitting in the sand, including a 13-year-old boy who is in critical condition, officials said.
All victims were taken to the Jacobi Medical Center. The condition of the rest of the victims is stable.
"It was scary, everyone was running, lightning struck everywhere, lightning struck 20 meters from me," said beach visitor Ralph Gonzalez. "One lightning struck, and then a cloud hung over us, and lightning began to strike all around us."
The age and sex of the other victims are not yet known.
A spokesman for the New York City Parks Department made the following statement:
"Prior to the incident, rescuers took all the bathers out of the water, and Parks staff issued warning system announcements ordering visitors to leave the beach. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims of this tragic incident."