CATSKILLS: Multiple Campers Suffer Minor Injuries After Lightning Strike At Camp Sternberg

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Several campers at Camp Sternberg were injured on Friday afternoon when lightning struck the camp’s grounds.

Catskills Hatzolah responded to the scene and treated multiple campers, subsequently transporting them to the hospital for evaluation.

B’chasdei hashem, none of the campers were seriously injured and all were discharged from the hospital and returned to Camp Sternberg several hours later.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Strangley this is not a usual occurrence. What precautionary advice could be offered to help prevent these things? I was under the impression that with the customary rubber soles on our footware these days, we are thus not grounded and lightening electricity cannot travel through our bodies.

  2. There are enough real mental health issues around, and there is no need to elevate a lightning strike esp when no one really hurt, into an incident needing mental health intervention !!

  3. Hard to make a cogent comment with so little info. I tend to agree with budapester but do wonder what they’ve done to mitigate impacts on campers since this wasn’t a one off.

  4. Yaapchik: What you mean is that rubber has high resistance (ohms). Guess what? Air also has, but the lightning has so many volts that it traverses the air with ease.
    The only way to protect yourself from lightning is to be in the vicinity of tall structures.
    (But not right under a tree, please!)
    That way the lightning is more likely to travel through the object with lower resistance and not through the air. You do not want to be the object with lowest resistance around!
    That is why most injuries are in the wild where there are little or no buildings around.