Lightning strike at top Joburg school: 2 critical

2013-02-12 19:38

Cape Town - Two boys from the King Edward VII Secondary School in Johannesburg are in a critical condition on Tuesday, after being struck by lighting, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the boys were rushed to Milpark Hospital after the incident at the school.

Seven other boys were also involved, but are in a stable condition, Steinmann said.

An education department spokesperson said that the incident occurred when the boys were trying to cover the pitch after playing cricket.

Sapa reported that school boys, dressed in cricket attire, were asked not to speak to anyone.

Two Netcare 911 cars were seen leaving the school premises from the direction of the cricket field.

A security guard at the main gate of the school was controlling the entrance as parents came to fetch their children.

A school official, who did not want to be named said: "No comment at this stage from the school.

"Can all queries please be directed to the provincial education department."

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  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-12 19:42

    Sorry boys thats bad luck@

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-12 19:55

      Get well soon...

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-12 19:44

    Sorry boys thats bad luck wrong place wrong time??

  • Swapie - 2013-02-12 19:49

    Hope they will be okay. The department of education will likely have an inquery into why the lightning striked the boys...

  • samantha.5243 - 2013-02-12 19:50

    Shame man- hope they are ok-

  • Ryan - 2013-02-12 19:56

    Schools should install early lightning warning systems similar to those found on golf courses!

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-12 20:06

      or they could use their nogans and get off the field the moment there are thunderclouds about and not wait for it to be considered "close enough" to end their cricket match. Lightening is not to be messed with, ever. Hope they recover as best as they possibly can. It is not a nice event for all the people involved. Let's hope there is a big lesson learned at ALL schools in the highveld.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-12 21:09

      Why the 'thumbs down' to this comment?? Who are the fools out there??

  • Ryan - 2013-02-12 19:59

    Schools should install early lightning warning systems similar to those found on golf courses!

  • lebo.malefane.1 - 2013-02-12 20:08

    sorry boys get well soon

  • Ann Wilson Catsavis Nijmeijer - 2013-02-12 20:55

    @jajaja : what a sick comment. No wonder N24 deleted your comment. Spewing crud like that. Get a conscience !!!!!!

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-02-12 21:20

    Early lightning warning systems can only warn against the risk of lightning in a given area. What amazes me is how inadequate the prevention are in protecting schools and open sports terrains against lightning strikes. It should be mandatory to have proper working lightning arrestors installed esp. on school terrains. This is a simple "can do" principle: the science behind a lightning arrestor is that it allows a built-up ground charge(-) to LEAK away to the cloud base(normally + charged). Not many people notice or understand how this works: the lightning rod is firmly grounded with a mat and needs to be certain minimum height with either a single sharp-pointed tip at the top or three sharp points at the top. The idea is NOT to attract lightning with this, it is to bleed away the ground charge building up (induced by a positive cloud charge). Thus it can prevent a ground-to-cloud flash from occuring. A sports field should have at least six to eight of these evenly installed on the perimeter of the field. It may be a bit costly in the beginning but it's worth the expenditure. When is lightning likely to strike? The answer is that it's at it's most dangerous as it starts to rain (the rain starts to create a conductive path) and during the thunderstorm itself. The exception here is a thundercloud that builds up an immense charge before raining (eg. just overcast) with very strong lightning strikes every now and then: this is VERY dangerous. If you can hear thunder get inside!

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