Sebastian Lightning Strike Survivors Share Experience

3 years 11 months 5 hours ago Tuesday, July 18 2017 Jul 18, 2017 July 18, 2017 9:21 PM July 18, 2017 in News

SEBASTIAN – All three victims of a lightning strike in Sebastian are recovering back at home.

Juan Garsa and his cousin, Robert Cavazos, were helping to clear a field when lightning struck a pole. Both of them happened to be standing next to it at the time.

Before they knew it, Garsa said they were knocked to the ground.

"I felt rain, slight rain on my back. I felt cold water," Garsa said as he recalled what happened.

Both said the feeling of being struck is still fresh on both their mind.

"We just got a tingle of it,” said Robert Cavazos.

“We just got a taste of what really happened," says Garsa.

Garsa said what struck them as odd was the fact there wasn't any rain in the area while they were working.

KRGV’s Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith explained the unusual case.

"This one was interesting because the thunderstorm was just beginning to build. It was the very beginning stage of this storm,” he said. “It started right over Sebastian and began to move away and as it began to move away that first lightning bolt formed."

According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people a year in the U.S. and injures hundreds more.

Garsa and Cavazos were released from the hospital several hours later. They said they are lucky to be alive.

"Hey man, thank God that I’m alright. Thank God that my cousin is alright. Other than that, we could have lost our lives bro," he said.

Both said they will be taking it easy for a while.

A third person was also struck by the lighting. Garsa and Cavazos told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that person is at home resting.

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