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Boy Struck By Lightning While Fishing With Father at Daytona Beach Shores

by Jacquellena Carrero /  / Updated 

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An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was hit by lightning in Florida on Tuesday.

The boy, who has not yet been identified, was fishing with his father in knee-deep water at Daytona Beach Shores on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a lightning bolt around 1 p.m. ET, according to Tamra Marris, a spokeswoman for the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

L.J. Kuzmovich, owner of the Pure Life Surfing School, was on the beach when the lightning hit. He told NBC affiliate WESH that the boy turned blue and wasn’t breathing when he and other witnesses ran over.

“He wasn't breathing, and then all of a sudden after our compressions, he started breathing, and it was a huge sigh of relief,” Kuzmovich said.

The boy was breathing on his own by the time the ocean rescue team arrived, Marris said.

He was transported to Halifax Hospital in Daytona in serious condition. A spokesperson for Halifax Hospital did not have an update on the boy’s condition early Wednesday.

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