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Lucky escape for boy, 13, hit by lightning at 13:13 on Friday the 13th
Posted 8/15/10 , edited 8/15/10
A 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning — at 13:13 hours on Friday the 13th, according to reports.

The teen was watching an air show at Lowestoft, England, when he was struck and was later treated for burns to his shoulder, the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper said. He is expected to fully recover.

Rex Clarke, leader of the St. John Ambulance team that treated the child, described what happened.

"Suddenly there was this huge crack of lightning really close to the seafront and really loud thunder," he told the Mirror. "Seconds later we got a call someone had been hit. The boy was breathing and was conscious."

"He had a minor burn to his shoulder and was taken to hospital as a precaution. It could have been a lot worse," he said, adding: "It's all a bit strange that he was 13, and it happened at 13:13 on Friday the 13th."

Two other spectators, who were standing near the boy when he was hit, were treated for minor injuries, the Mirror said.

"We were just watching the Red Arrows [air display team] go past and there was a flash of lightning," one of the wounded, Jordan Gissing, 16, told the Mirror. "I couldn't speak. I was in shock."


Friday the 13th!! Watch out for cracks in the sidewalk and black cats~!
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Bad luck my ass! Talk about a great story to tell.
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25 / F / Georgia
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Friday the 13th is a joke. And I'm happy the child is okay.
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Thats something to tell his children one day.
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Mweh, not many people are going to believe that
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At least he's O.K.. o.o but that was horrible though..what happened to him..
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that like one in a billion chances thatd happen
but im sure he just said 1:13 just for added measure

i have a black cat lol
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wow he's so lucky. >.< lol..
Posted 8/15/10
They said they were near water...why the hell were they near water?
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"We were just watching the Red Arrows [air display team] go past and there was a flash of lightning," one of the wounded, Jordan Gissing, 16, told the Mirror. "I couldn't speak. I was in shock."


That made me laugh. ^-^
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He has an awesome story to tell for the rest of his life now!
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Wow what are the chances of that happening.
Talk about good luck on an unlucky day.
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the boy is lucky he just get minor burns


"It's all a bit strange that he was 13, and it happened at 13:13 on Friday the 13th."


strange indeed..
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That's as awesome as that baby that was born 8/9/10 at 11:12 PM.
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I admit, the only accident I've ever been in was on a Friday 13th. Tempts me to be paranoid, but that would be too ridiculous.

The time they give isn't convincing. Did the boy get struck by lightning and then the first thing someone did was look down at their watch? No, for the next 20 minutes people were oblivious to the time due to the shock of the even and from trying to help the boy. Bah, people and their ridiculous "news".
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