32-year-old man struck by lightning on Clearwater beach dies, 7 others injured

Lightning Strike

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A man struck by lightning on Clearwater beach over the weekend has died, according to reports.

On Sunday, Garry L. Perks, 32 of New Port Richey went into cardiac arrest after being hit behind Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. He died a few days later.

Seven people were injured by the same lightning strike on the beach, as well. One man suffered critical injuries after being directly stuck, according to WTSP.

One person also suffered burns, according to the Clearwater Fire Department’s Deputy Chief Marvin Pettingill. Chief Pettingill said the rest were stable or refused transport.

“When you hear the roar, get indoors. A storm may be miles away, but lightning could still strike you,” Chief Pettingill said in a text message to ABC7.

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