A runner was struck by lightning and killed whereas competing in a marathon in Italy final weekend.
Severe thunderstorms had already pressured organizers of the 75-mile Südtirol Ultra Skyrace to cease the occasion 30 minutes earlier, however the unidentified entrant was between support stations and unable to be notified.
“The athletes held up at Antran, the Rifugio Punta Cervina and the Rifugio Kesselberg [aid stations],” organizers mentioned in a press release on the race website. “Some athletes though were on their way between these spots and could not be reached by the track marshals.”
The runner, recognized as a 44-year-old girl from Norway, was struck at about 7:15pm, as she and different runners neared Lake San Pancrazio within the mountainous South Tyrol area. That stretch is roughly 6,955 toes above sea stage.
According to race organizers, different entrants who witnessed the lightning strike referred to as for medical assist. “After first aid, the injured athlete was flown to Bolzano hospital by the rescue helicopter Pelikan I, where she succumbed to her injuries.”
In a press release on Facebook, Josef Günther Mair, chair of the Organizing Committee of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace, mentioned the group was “shocked and deeply shaken” by the tragedy.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family of the athlete.”
Billed as “the most extreme experience in the Alps,” the ultramarathon noticed document participation this 12 months, with 850 individuals from greater than 47 nations.
An award ceremony deliberate for Sunday was canceled in gentle of the accident.
The odds of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 15,300, in response to the National Weather Service, although solely about 10 % of such encounters are deadly. In March, champion surfer Luzimara Souza was killed in a lightning strike close to the place she was coaching.
Possible accidents embody damaged bones, nerve and muscle injury, listening to loss, cardiac arrest and stroke. (Severe burns aren’t normally related to lightning, as the present is within the physique too briefly to warmth up tissue.) The accidents are sometimes worse if there are metallic objects current, like golf golf equipment or metallic detectors. In one occasion, a victim’s iPod served as a pure conductor for a lightning strike.
Lightning can strike from seemingly clear skies greater than 20 miles away from thunderstorm clouds.
It’s estimated some 240,000 individuals are injured by lightning strikes every year, with 6,000 deaths worldwide.
The runner was one in all three folks killed by the extreme climate hitting Italy over the weekend: A mini-tornado close to Rome threw a automobile into railing, Agence France-Presse reports, killing the younger girl inside.