Man Killed By Lightning Had Sought Cover

There are 103 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 10, 2008, titled Man Killed By Lightning Had Sought Cover. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

But he stood too close to a wooden pillar, and that's most likely what killed him.

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Yeah Right

Waterbury, CT

#27 Jun 10, 2008
This whole thing is just completely tragic. Anyone looking to play the blame game here is a moron. It is my hope that this story raises lightning awareness and saves a few lives down the road. At least this young man won't have died in vain.......
Marjorie

South Yarmouth, MA

#28 Jun 10, 2008
Cindy Pekar wrote:
Well, my children know the danger as they have lived here all thier lives. This young man is from another country and might not have known the danger. I am not trying to blame anyone here,I am only asking these questions to insure the saftey of MY family should this ever happen.This man was a close personal friend of my family. Perhaps I should have said what an insensitive, cold hearted,idiot you are.
Lightning is not indigenous to the United States.
whres

West Hartford, CT

#29 Jun 10, 2008
Yup wrote:
<quoted text>
You are entitled to your opinion, just like I am to mine!!!
Of course you are entitled to say your opinion. No one said you weren't. Along with that, others are entitled to give their opinion of your opinion.

There is a difference between censorship (which this was not) and receiving a negative response to something that you said (which this was).

“Hang up the Phone in the Zone!”

Since: Nov 07

East Hartford, CT

#30 Jun 10, 2008
Personally, I would never have guessed a pavillion was not a safe place during a fast moving thunderstorm. Hurricane/Tornado of course, but one of our summer storms? I would have done the same thing.

I guess a pavillion is like a stand of trees!!!!

I usually hide in "stored" pipes when caught by a storm at work or my vehicle.

My prayers are with the families during their time of mourning.
Jeff H

New Britain, CT

#31 Jun 10, 2008
Cindy Pekar wrote:
you are an idiot !!!! not everybody was aware of the storm. These people where packing up to leave. Again where was the beach patrol ? <quoted text>
The point is, people need to take personal responsibility. If they hadd been hiking on some town trail where there isn't a lifeguard, who woudl they sue?

This tragic accident could have pbeen prevented if these people had checked the weather. I do before I go out fishing, or take my kids to the beach or 6 flags. It's called being reasonably intelligent about your potentially deadly surroundings.
Benny

Springfield, MA

#32 Jun 10, 2008
Well now wrote:
Let's go to the beach, especially late in the day, and stay out on the beach even though the severe weather has been predicted since 6 a.m. this morning on T.V., and see if we can get off the beach at the last possible nano second. But if we can't, we'll find a pavillion right out in the middle of the beach. That should be safe, right? And I'll stand right next to one of the pillars leading to the ground! Sound good? Great! Let's go have some fun!
You may find this hard to believe but some of us don't watch TV all day.
GGG

Hartford, CT

#34 Jun 10, 2008
"Well now wrote:
Let's go to the beach, especially late in the day, and stay out on the beach even though the severe weather has been predicted since 6 a.m. this morning on T.V., and see if we can get off the beach at the last possible nano second. But if we can't, we'll find a pavillion right out in the middle of the beach. That should be safe, right? And I'll stand right next to one of the pillars leading to the ground! Sound good? Great! Let's go have some fun!"

not everywhere in CT got a 1/2 hour of thunder rumblings as warning a storm was coming. These people were enjoying a nice day at the beach, they are not at fault for going to the beach and i'm sure they did not go there thinking they were get injured and or killed by lightening. obviously nothing that tragic has never happened to one of your loved ones who you wouldn't be so rude and heartless. enjoy your daily 6 am news.
Steve

Watertown, CT

#35 Jun 10, 2008
In a worse-case scenare you should crouch down into a ball, tuck in, cover your head, and balance on the balls of your feet.

And, pray.
Ron

Manchester, CT

#36 Jun 10, 2008
You're an insensitive jerk. This was a freak accident and it's very sad and that poor family lost a son and brother.
Well now wrote:
Let's go to the beach, especially late in the day, and stay out on the beach even though the severe weather has been predicted since 6 a.m. this morning on T.V., and see if we can get off the beach at the last possible nano second. But if we can't, we'll find a pavillion right out in the middle of the beach. That should be safe, right? And I'll stand right next to one of the pillars leading to the ground! Sound good? Great! Let's go have some fun!
Belinda

United States

#37 Jun 10, 2008
The lifeguards should have known that the pavilions were not safe. People were doing the same thing in Madison at Surfside. They were standing under the overhangs of the building. Duh! I hope people will be more aware now. Car or inside a building and that's it.

Calling the family does seem a bit insensitive. They also could have said that his family "was not available for comment."
Steve

Watertown, CT

#38 Jun 10, 2008
Oops, "scenario"
Saddened

AOL

#39 Jun 10, 2008
Well now wrote:
Let's go to the beach, especially late in the day, and stay out on the beach even though the severe weather has been predicted since 6 a.m. this morning on T.V., and see if we can get off the beach at the last possible nano second. But if we can't, we'll find a pavillion right out in the middle of the beach. That should be safe, right? And I'll stand right next to one of the pillars leading to the ground! Sound good? Great! Let's go have some fun!
You are an absolute idiot! You are insensitive and uncaring. Shame on you!
A young man died! Have sympathy and keep your assanine comments to your self! You obviously don't think before you speak. He has a grieving family out there!
The thousands that went to the beach may or may not have been aware of impending bad weather. Even if they were aware, they knew when the storm was approaching to seek shelter. That is what they did! There were life guards. Should they have stayed home due to a forecast of storms in the day? How many people do stay home because of forecasts???
These poor folks took shelter thinking the storm would pass. I never knew a pavilion was not safe. Perhaps a sign posted stating during thunderstorms to seek alternate shelter.
I live in FL where we get thunderstorms predicted every day. We still go to the beach as well as thousands of others. When the storm approaches, we take cover. Period!

As for you, you idiot...you are a lonely jerk!

My sympathy goes out to the family of this young man.
Rest in peace.
Belinda

United States

#40 Jun 10, 2008
Oh, and I had no idea that thunderstorms were predicted that day. I was at the beach in the PM. Before I got there, I was out all day with kids' sports and errands. Most people don't sit glued to their TV in the morning, nervously waiting to hear the weather report. Local news will melt your brain if you watch it more than once in awhile!

“Miss LMHtfd”

Since: May 08

Hartford, CT

#42 Jun 10, 2008
Belinda wrote:
The lifeguards should have known that the pavilions were not safe. People were doing the same thing in Madison at Surfside. They were standing under the overhangs of the building. Duh! I hope people will be more aware now. Car or inside a building and that's it.
That's true. Many people don't know what is safe or not safe when trying to shelter outside from lightning safety, but the personnel there should know as part of their training that the pavilion was not safe enough and told people to go to their cars. Saving people from drowning is just one part of their job.

I guess they know now.
Belinda

United States

#43 Jun 10, 2008
LOL at the indigenous to the US comment from Marjorie! Yes, lightning is a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, Benjamin Franklin gained alot of his fame in Europe by inventing the lightning rod, as lightning was a leading cause of fires in European cities. Cindy, you don't really think that lightning is only in the US, do you?

I put the blame squarely on the lifeguards in this accident. They (or their supervisor) should have known the pavilions were as safe as standing under a tree. Yet it's a very common mistake.
DJH

United States

#44 Jun 10, 2008
I question the assertion that lightning rods "could not" have helped. Properly installed and connected, they certainly CAN help, when a lightning strike occurs.
Cindy Pekar

Berlin, CT

#45 Jun 10, 2008
No, I do not think it is only in the United States . But as we know there are different types of storms everywhere, Ct is famous for unpredictable weather. Just saying that because he is not from the area , he might not have known our weather , he was after all only 23 yrs old. I can no longer talk about this as my family and I have very heavy hearts after losing our friend , no matter whose fault it was. I t was an act of nature. He will be very sadly missed .
Belinda wrote:
LOL at the indigenous to the US comment from Marjorie! Yes, lightning is a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, Benjamin Franklin gained alot of his fame in Europe by inventing the lightning rod, as lightning was a leading cause of fires in European cities. Cindy, you don't really think that lightning is only in the US, do you?
I put the blame squarely on the lifeguards in this accident. They (or their supervisor) should have known the pavilions were as safe as standing under a tree. Yet it's a very common mistake.
not Belinda

Hartford, CT

#46 Jun 10, 2008
Yes, let's blame the 18 year old kid working his/her summer job for a bunch of people not knowing what to do in a lightning storm. how do you know these people weren't warned ahead of time to not go in there? And should the liefguard run to the pavilion and stop people from getting in, or should he/she stay near the water to make sure noone goes back in? As for not knowing the forecast, well that's just plain silly. If you don't check the weather when you have outdoor events planned than whose fault is that?
Reporting Shame

Killingworth, CT

#47 Jun 10, 2008
"Two messages left for Bugatti's family were not returned."

That's because they're busy planning a funeral, you reporting vampires.

Courant Reporter Behavior = Disgraceful.
Suffield Resident

Groton, CT

#51 Jun 10, 2008
Belinda wrote:
Oh, and I had no idea that thunderstorms were predicted that day. I was at the beach in the PM. Before I got there, I was out all day with kids' sports and errands. Most people don't sit glued to their TV in the morning, nervously waiting to hear the weather report. Local news will melt your brain if you watch it more than once in awhile!
You're right about local news. What a bunch of idiots - READING the news and trying to make small talk with each other. Just obnoxious! And, people's obsession with the weather and traffic in the morning is just crazy!

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