Fishing leads lightning deaths in U.S.
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky—In the past four years, 238 people have died from lightning strikes in America. The NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released a new study this week stating most of these deaths occurred from leisure activities.
Fisherman Charlie Fowler has been fishing for 20 years. He said the study came to him as a surprise. "No, I didn't think it was that dangerous, but I assume it could be," said Fowler.
Another fisherman Andy Hagedorn said he takes precaution anytime he is on the water. Hagedorn said, "Just trying to be as safe as you can, wearing life preservers and such, it makes me feel better about it."
Allan Shelton works at Fisherman's Headquarter and said he is not surprised to hear the number of lighting deaths related to fishing. Shelton said, "People really don't take as much precautions as they should when they go out on the water. people really don't wear their life jackets as much as they should."
Shelton also said it is so important to be aware of not only lightning, but boat safety as well. "Be safe, follow the marker buoys on the channel, and don't take your boat out on busy weekends," said Shelton.
Though it is an eye-opener... Fowler said this new study will not keep him from fishing."Gotta fish, ya know. A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work," said Fowler.
Eighty-two percent of people killed by lightning were male. So far, there have been seven lightning deaths this year. On Saturday, a brand new lightning detection app, called spark, is available for the iPad, iPhone and Android.