MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A lightning strike nearly killed a man in Coral Gables on Tuesday morning.

Lightning struck a 56-year old groundskeeper at the Riviera Country Club just before 8 a.m.

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When Coral Gables Fire Rescue arrived, the man was unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

It took an electric shock from a defibrillator to bring him back to life, restoring his pulse and breathing.

When the groundskeeper arrived at Kendall Regional Medical Center, he was moving his arms and trying to talk.

Lt. Brain Shaw of the Coral Gables Fire Department was among those who rushed to help the groundskeeper.

“We got there and the patient was unresponsive, pulse-less and not breathing,” said Lt. Shaw.”His clothes were kind of burned. He did have some burn marks on him.”

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The groundskeeper’s brother, who also works at the club, saw the bolt strike down his brother.

The whole situation was a surprise to some club members.

“We have a lightning alarm on the system. We do have that. It’s automatic,” said country club member Joe Caciopo.

The man has since regained consciousness and is being treated at the hospital.

Police have not released his name or condition.

CLICK HERE to watch MaryAnn Martinez’s report

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