A FATHER and his two young children are fighting for their lives after they were struck by lightning as he collected them from a school sports day, The Sun reports. The Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene of the strike in Lisburn, Co Antrim, at 2pm this afternoon.
A South Eastern Health Trust spokesperson said the man was “critically ill” and awaiting transfer to an intensive care unit. His five-year-old son is also in a critical condition at Belfast Children’s Hospital suffering from burns injuries while his sister, seven, is also seriously injured.
The children and their father are believed to have been on their way home from Killowen Primary School. The school declined to comment. Witnesses to the horrific incident said the unnamed man was on his phone when the lightning bolt struck.
The two children were rushed to hospital suffering serious injuries after they were struck by lightning The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it sent a number ofrapid response and A&E crews to the scene. It tweeted: “Following lightning strike in Lisburn 1 adult male and 2 children have been taken to hospital by ambulance.”
Speaking from Stormont, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said his thoughts were with the affected family.