Lightning strikes twice as rescuers of Swiss victims are also hit


Lightning never strikes twice, until it does: a police officer and helicopter pilot rushing to help two people injured in a lightning strike on Friday were themselves also hit, Swiss authorities said.

A 51-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were struck by lightning around 8.30am while working in a field in Ménières, in the western canton of Fribourg, regional police said in a statement.

Both were injured, the older man seriously, the police said. They received assistance from ambulance and rescue helicopter personnel before being taken to hospital.

During the intervention, a police officer and the helicopter pilot were also struck by lightning, according to the statement.

“Fortunately, they were not injured and could be assisted on site by the ambulance personnel,” it said.

The incident comes after a 27-year-old woman in the same region of Switzerland was also seriously injured after being struck by lightning, the Keystone-SDA news agency reported.

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