Struck by lightning: “Without help I don’t know how it would have ended”
On Saturday, a 28 year old from Tivoli was hit by a lightning on Gran Sassojust above the astronomical observatory of Campo Imperatore. The boy was hospitalized. The electric discharge also affected i two friends who were with him and who saved him by carrying him shoulder down. “Suddenly – explains Manuel, one of the three boys to Corriere della Sera – a flash, a very strong white light, then the bang. I didn’t understand anything anymore, not even that it was lightning that hit us. I just know that me and Christian we no longer felt our legs. And a little further there was Simone passed out, motionless, with the face inside a puddle. We were a few hundred meters from the parking lot, we were chatting while walking, when in a moment we were invested from this White lightblinding “.
“I don’t know – continues Manuel al Corriere – if a tenth of a second before or immediately after I heard the legs shake. It was impossible to remain standing, Christian and I are collapsed to the ground. And the same happened to Simone, only he did taken in full. An indescribable feeling. At first I was paralyzed. Like Christian. I tried to get up, but I couldn’t do it: I had hit my left knee and was injured in my right leg. My friend too he couldn’t movebut he complained. Simone instead it showed no signs of life. We were desperate. The forest police also arrived immediately: they had seen the lightning strike an area frequented by hikers. Otherwise I don’t know how it would have turned out. “
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