GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — About a dozen people were taken to a hospital — and most were in fair condition — after lightning struck at a popular gathering spot along a South Carolina river on Independence Day, killing one person, authorities said.
Ryan Gamble, 44, of Andrews, South Carolina, died after the lightning strike, Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Chase Ridgeway told WPDE-TV .
Eight patients were admitted in fair condition and three others have been released, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Dawn Bryant said Friday.
“We were just sitting in the river waiting for the storm to blow over,” survivor Joseph Dalzell told the station. “The lightning hit the tree and ran through all of us.”
As the group was in the water, the fast-moving storm was on top of them.
“I was chilling there in the house and the next thing I knew there was someone banging there on the door,” Williams recalled. “And I was just thinking like, I’m sure everyone is out of the river by now. It was a little kid in a panic that said a bunch of people got struck by lightning and he wanted me to call 911.”