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Lightning Hurts Fifteen Workers at Connecticut Course


Fifteen employees at the Lake of Isles' private South course were taken to local hospitals due to a lightning strike at the North Stonington, Conn., facility on Monday morning.

The workers had sought shelter in a wooden building when a powerful storm came through the area. According to Lake of Isles' general manager Archie Cart, none of the employees was struck directly, but the lightning hit close enough such that they were "impacted."

All of the victims remained conscious and most were sent to the hospitals as a precautionary measure. At least three of the workers were found to be injured seriously enough to be admitted.

The workers had received instructions to find shelter when bad weather approached, so they retreated to one of the three restrooms between hole Nos. 4 and 13 on the course, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.

The North Stonington Fire Department, Mashantucket Fire Department and emergency personnel from both departments responded to the 911 call. Eleven employees were taken by ambulance, according to director of golf Patrick Boucher, and four others, who were not showing any outward signs of injury, were driven to area hospitals in a private vehicle.

The massive thunderstorm arrived at about 9 in the morning, according to the National Weather Service, which also issued flash-flood advisories for the region.