Men Struck By Lightning In Pompano Beach
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POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) — Lightning struck two men working on a Pompano Beach roof on Thursday.
City officials said it all happened in the morning hours while the men were working on a roof at a car dealership located at 909 South Federal Highway.
The victims have been identified as Robert Elliott, 55, and 47-year old Angel Leiva Lopes.
Deputies said Elliot appeared to be struck by lighting and collapsed while Lopes suffered minor injuries.
Cell phone video showed firefighters using a ladder to take the injured workers off the roof.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue performed CPR on Elliott and both were transported to Broward Health North. Leiva is listed in fair condition.
Elliot is listed in critical condition and has been transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The roofing company Latite Roofing, which the men worked for, issued a statement on Thursday, May 29th saying, “A lightning strike did injure two employees today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees and their families. We are investigating the circumstances, but have no further comment at this time.”
There have been four lightning deaths in the United States so far this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Two of those instances have happened in Florida.