Updated July 24, 2017
Some much better news for 2 North Carolina teenagers struck by lightning on Sand Key in Clearwater Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw, 15-year-old Cameron Poimboeuf of Charlotte, North Carolina is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital after being first taken to Largo Medical Center yesterday. Eighteen-year-old Jansen M. Tabor of Matthews, North Carolina is reported to be in good condition.
Poinboeuf was visiting the area with his girlfriend’s family when lightning hit both teens. Tabor is related to the girlfriend. Tabor told police they were walking on the beach in Sand Key when a strong rain storm was in the area. They ran toward a shelter for protection.
” The next thing that Tabor knew, he woke up on the sand after the lightning strike,” Shaw said in a news release.
Late yesterday afternoon, Clearwater firefighters responded to a report of a lightning strike with injuries shortly before 4:30 PM. at 1290 Gulf Blvd. on Sand Key. Lightning struck the two teenagers on the beach in front of Lighthouse Towers. WTSP-TV reports a nurse who saw the lightning strike from the 16th floor balcony of where she was staying rushed down to give the teens life-saving CPR. The vacationing nurse and two other vacationers also came to aid the Poimboef and Tabor. WFLA-TV reports Poimboef wearing a Tampa Bay Lightning shirt checked out of Tampa General Hospital Sunday afternoon. Poimboef will be returning to Charlotte. Tabor, who was released from the hospital earlier, has returned to North Carolina.
Local meteorologists warn people that if outside and hear thunder in the distance to go inside as soon as possible.