Boys stay in hospital after lightning strike

2013-02-12 22:27

Johannesburg - Five boys from King Edward VII School in Johannesburg will remain in hospital on Tuesday, after being hurt during a lightning strike after a cricket practice, the school said.

The school tweeted that two of the boys remain in a critical condition, while 3 others will be kept for observation.

Four other boys have been released from hospital, the school said.

Earlier, Netcare911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the nine boys were rushed to Milpark Hospital after the incident.

Sapa reported that two Netcare 911 cars were seen leaving the school premises from the direction of the cricket field.

According to Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phlalane the boys were pulling covers onto the cricket field when lighting struck.

Phlalane said trauma counsellors would be sent to the school on Wednesday to speak to schoolchildren and teachers.

The school confirmed that the boys involved were members of its first XI cricket team.

They were aged between 16 and 18.

The school had earlier taken taken to twitter to avoid panic amid worried parents.

An update read: #KESBOARDINGPARENTS Please note all boarders are fine & safe. Only nine 1st Team cricketers affected. 7 are stable & 2 under high care.

It also later tweeted its thanks fot the outpouring of support: #THANKYOU One & all for your support, messages, kind & best wishes.King Edward is humbled by the outpouring of love & support #4EverGrateful.

At the school, a security guard controlled entrance to premises late in the afternoon, as parents went to fetch their children.

A school official, who did not want to be named said referred all queries to the education department, saying: "No comment at this stage from the school."

Schoolboys, dressed in cricket attire, did not speak to anyone.

Meanwhile, Phalane said on Monday four girl learners from Protea Glen Secondary School in Soweto, all 16-years old, were struck by lightning while on their way home after school.

One is still in intensive care while others are stable.

The department is providing support to these learners.

  • Unrestrained - 2013-02-12 22:45

    Has someone informed Nomsa Dube? Hope the boys recover fully ...

  • angela.j.emmerich - 2013-02-12 22:46

    ...Unreal - knowing the weather conditions were not safe for the boys why allow them to continue covering the pitch...what comes first the safety of the boys or their precious pitch?

  • ntozini.zukile - 2013-02-12 23:01

    The uncontrollable gods nature did what we all never expected that it would've ever happened. I feel sorry for the boys and pray for them, wishing them to recover. Sincerely Zukile

  • alexander.mitchley - 2013-02-13 00:32

    News24 please hire proper journalists and sub-editors this is yet another actrious article. Spelling grammar and content. Hire me.

      stephanie.davies.9406 - 2013-02-13 03:35

      Actrious? Is this a joke? You mean atrocious, surely. No job for you pal.

      John Eritas - 2013-02-13 08:27

      Grammar Nazi's suck.

  • alexander.mitchley - 2013-02-13 00:32

    News24 please hire proper journalists and sub-editors this is yet another actrious article. Spelling grammar and content. Hire me.

      karen.landmantaylor - 2013-02-13 05:17

      Dude, stick to your day job.

      patrick.mortoniv - 2013-02-13 07:56

      *atrocious *"News24[comma]please..." *"Spelling [comma] grammar and content." - This sentence also requires a verb. Alexander, you're having a mare.

  • karen.landmantaylor - 2013-02-13 05:15

    And these learners were being supervised by whom? No learner should be out on any field with lightning in the sky!

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-13 07:41

      You have never had an injury at the private school where you are deputy headmistress??

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2013-02-13 07:46

      Perhaps it was the FIRST lighting bolt which struck them. It isn't always someone's fault

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2013-02-13 06:29

    They are kids Kingmaze, they are kids. Does it matter if they pink, blue or purple. Wish them a speedy recovery and a land of true democracy and stupidity.

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2013-02-13 06:32

    instead of wishing the boys a speedy recovery, again people have to be so negative. what difference is it if the boys were black or white??? They are all children at the end of the day! please people we have to be a little more positive!!

  • tayla.linaker - 2013-02-13 06:39

    The boys were simply putting the cricket covers on, there is nothing the teachers could of done. All we have to do is pray that the 2 boys in ICU pull through

  • bharrison70 - 2013-02-13 07:57

    Prayers to those KES kids who were struck by lightning yesterday, wishing you guys a speedy recovery. Hopefully you guys have not sustained as serious an injury as KES 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th teams combind did when our ( Jeppe Boys ) Rebble XV hit KES 26-0 about 24 years ago. Strange, a large number of "them" paid a visit to casulty that Saturday morning too. WISHING YOU GUYS A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

      gungets.tuft - 2013-02-13 08:12

      Jeppe class shines through. A single success in 24 years - no wonder you remember it.

  • diane.edwards.1048 - 2013-02-13 08:06

    Prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends of these young men. Wishing them a complete and speedy recovery.

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