A woman was rushed to a Boston area hospital after being struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon, police said.
State police say first responders were called to Savin Hill Beach around 3:35 p.m. after a woman was struck by lightning. The woman’s dog, Bruce, was initially missing, scared off by the incident. The Australian Shepard was located according to social media.
See report below:
At approximately 3:35 PM today Boston EMS and Massachusetts State Troopers responded to a report of a woman struck by lightning at Savin Hill Beach in Boston’s Dorchester section. The woman, a 31-year-old Dorchester woman remains in critical condition at this time.
An investigation by the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, the State Police Troop H Detective Unit, and the State Police-South Boston Barracks determined the following facts.
The woman was walking her dog, Bruce, along the boardwalk at the beach when she stopped to speak to another walker, a 49-year-old woman. While they were speaking, a lightning bolt struck the area where they were standing, throwing both women into the air. The 31-year-old woman was thrown onto the beach and was unresponsive. Witnesses called 911 and began performing CPR. Boston EMS and Troopers responded to the scene and the woman was transported to Boston Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.
The 49-year-old was thrown in a different direction by the force of the blast but is not believed to have been struck by the actual lightning. That woman indicated that she would make her own arrangements for medical evaluation.
Bruce, the 31-year-old victim’s dog, was scared by the blast and ran off. According to social media on Sunday morning, Bruce has been located.