Child dies from lightning strike in Virginia

Authorities say he was digging in the woods by his house in the Vernon Hill area. (File Photo)
Authorities say he was digging in the woods by his house in the Vernon Hill area. (File Photo)
Updated: Sep. 15, 2019 at 5:15 PM EDT
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BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Bath County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a 911 call Saturday night about a child being struck by lightning.

"Right before 5 o'clock on Saturday our sheriff's office received a 911 call," Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker said. "And the nature of that call was a child had been struck by lightning."

The children had gone out to play after the rain stopped.

"Kind of weird that lightning hits after the storm goes through," Plecker said.

The boy’s relatives immediately rushed for help.

According to the Bath County Sheriff's Office, the dispatch center was notified by a Hot Springs Rescue Member that there was a 12 year old boy without a pulse and not breathing.

Hot Springs Rescue Squad requested Air Medical but, due to weather conditions, none was available and the patient was transported to Bath Community Hospital.

“And the weather was still bad enough that the helicopters couldn’t fly,” Plecker explained. “So then he was transported by mobile unit to Roanoke.”

The boy was revived by ER staff and transported to Roanoke Carilion Hospital by ambulance but died from sustained injuries at 11:23 a.m. on September 15.

“It’s a stunned to everybody in this community,” Plecker said. “I don’t want to see it happen to anybody, I can tell you that. I feel for the family My heart goes out to the family, and any support that we can, we’ll offer it.”

According to the Bath County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was visiting family in the Hot Springs area of Bath County. To protect the privacy of the mourning family, no other details will be released.

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