Caught on Camera: 7 rescued off Florida coast after boat struck by lightning

Coast Guard crew rescues 7 people after boat is struck by lightning in the Gulf of Mexico

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Coast Guard crews rescued seven people off the coast of Tampa Bay after their boat was struck by lightning on Saturday.

The video shows the bolt impacting the 39-foot vessel moments before it capsized about 100 miles offshore of Tampa Bay.

According to reports, the group had left Tarpon Springs and was heading to a fishing tournament in the Gulf of Mexico.

Five women and two men were hoisted to safety by crews with the USCG Air Station Clearwater.

No injuries were reported.


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