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Brother, two sisters struck by lightning while taking selfie


Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson

Three siblings escaped death after being struck by lightning while taking shelter under a tree to avoid being drenched in the rain.

The siblings, identified as Rachel, Isobel, and Andrew Jobson were on a bike ride from Maidenhead, Berkshire when they were caught in the heavy rain near Hampton Court Palace, UK.

They sought refuge under a tree at Molesey Lock and decided to take a couple of selfies, reported.

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Incredibly one of them caught the moment they were struck.

The sisters have been left with Lichtenberg figures (lightning-like marks) on their bodies.

23-year-old Isobel said, “The picture of us at the moment the lightning strike happened was at 17.05. I took a picture of us smiling and we then wanted a sad picture in the rain.

“All of a sudden I was on the ground and couldn’t hear anything apart from this high-pitched buzzing. My whole right arm was numb and I couldn’t move it.”

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Her sister Rachel, 26, told the BBC, “We were taking the picture with our phone, and then the next thing, I was on the ground.

“My sister and I were screaming. I got burnt on my thigh and stomach and it’s left lightning-like marks on me and my sister.”

Isobel has a titanium plate in her arm, following a previous biking accident, which their family believes may be why they were hit by lightning.

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Rachel said, “My sister’s arm was very hot because of the plate.”

Witnesses helped the trio up and called for an ambulance. They were taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where they were treated for burns but, as a third selfie shows, they were not seriously hurt.