Girl in crucial situation after being struck by lightning on Dorchester seashore


The 31-year-old Dorchester lady was strolling her canine when lightning struck the Savin Hill Seaside boardwalk.

A tree is scarred by lightning at Savin Hill Seaside in Dorchester the place a girl was struck on Sept. 9, 2023. Craig Walker/The Boston Globe

A girl is in crucial situation after being struck by lightning on a Dorchester seashore Saturday afternoon, in response to State Police.

The 31-year-old Dorchester lady was strolling her canine alongside the Savin Hill Seaside boardwalk when she stopped to talk to a different lady, police mentioned in a press launch. Whereas they had been talking, a lightning bolt struck the realm the place they had been standing, throwing each of them into the air.

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The sufferer landed on the seashore and have become unresponsive, police mentioned. The opposite lady was thrown by the blast, however wasn’t hit by the lightning itself.

Individuals close by referred to as 911 and offered medical support, police mentioned. A kind of folks was Tracy Cronin, a Boston Kids’s Hospital nurse who lives close to the seashore, The Boston Globe reported.

Cronin advised the newspaper she seemed out her window after listening to loud thunder and noticed the girl mendacity on the seashore. The girl’s pants had been shredded by the lightning strike, she mentioned.

Onlookers moved the girl right into a neighbor’s residence to get her out of the storm, Cronin advised the Globe. Then Cronin and her boyfriend, who can be a nurse, took turns doing CPR till paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator, the newspaper reported.

“They bought a pulse again, however she wasn’t awake,” Cronin mentioned. “I simply pray that she’s OK.”

Paramedics and State Police responded to the scene at 3:35 p.m. and took the girl to Boston Medical Heart, police mentioned. She was in crucial situation as of Saturday night. The opposite lady advised first responders she would search medical assistance on her personal. 

The lightning strike splintered a close-by tree and left a line operating down the trunk.

Bruce, the sufferer’s canine, ran off after the lightning strike and was initially reported lacking. However State Police confirmed Sunday morning that he had been discovered.

Lightning was additionally a menace for school soccer gamers and followers Saturday afternoon. With just below two minutes remaining within the fourth quarter, lightning struck close to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill as Boston School confronted School of the Holy Cross.

The strike induced followers to run for shelter, however gamers stayed on the sector, resulting in a victory for Boston School.

Saturday’s storm additionally knocked out energy for tens of hundreds of Massachusetts residents.