Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two girls died Friday when they were struck by lightning while playing on a Playa del Carmen beach.
The incident happened at about 5:00 p.m. just north of the Fishermen’s Hotel in the area of Playacar. One of the girls was killed instantly while the second died on the beach a short time after being struck. The third girl was rushed to Costamed hospital where, according to her family at 7:00 p.m., she remained in critical condition.
Local lifeguards performed CPR while they waited for ambulances. Civil Protection, Red Cross paramedics, and staff from Trauma Life tried to resuscitate the girls while authorities of the Municipal Preventative Police and Tourism cordoned off the area.
According to National Geographic, the odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. All three girls were 13 years old.