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Paramedics issue public warning after man and two children struck by lightning

Paramedics have issued a warning to the public to take care in thunderstorms after a man and his son were critically injured after being struck by lightning this afternoon (Tuesday).

A young girl is also in a serious condition after the incident outside a primary school in Lisburn.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has urged caution.

NIAS was called to the scene, just before 2 pm today, following reports that a man had been struck by a bolt of lightning.

A Rapid Response Paramedic was on scene in seven minutes to find that two children had also been struck.

Three A&E crews and a further two Rapid Response Vehicles were sent to the scene.

A spokesperson for NIAS said: “The adult was taken to the nearby Lagan Valley Hospital and the two children were taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. All three are being treated for the injuries sustained and they remain in our thoughts.

“As more thundery showers are forecast with the possibility of lightning we would ask people to remain very vigilant when they are out and about.

WIf there is a high chance of thunder storms – lightning safety advice would suggest that you stay indoors but if you are outside you should avoid open fields and hilltops.

“You should also stay away from tall, isolated trees. If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current travelling between group members.

“You should also stay away from water and wet items as well as metal objects, which are all excellent conductors of electricity.

“Please – just stay safe!”

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