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#1 Hum

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 13:33

A Florida man who was critically injured while flying a kite on a beach is recovering from his injuries.

Falk Weltzien, 39, was on Vilano Beach Monday with his 14-year-old son, Kai, when he was struck, the St. Augustine Record reported.

For a moment, Kai, thought he had lost his father.

"There's like a big white flash," Kai told ABC News. "I dropped my kite and then I looked over and I saw him laying on the ground."

Weltzien, of St. Augustine, had been hit by as much as one billion volts, enough electricity to light up a small town.

"When I looked at him his eyes were open and he was foaming from the mouth," Kai said. "Then I didn't look at him anymore because I was really scared."

An off-duty nurse who was nearby performed CPR.

In a 911 call for the incident, Kai could be heard telling the emergency operator that his father was turning blue.

"Make sure he's breathing," the dispatcher replied, advising that CPR be performed on the stricken man.

Weltzien was taken to Flagler Hospital. After a night in the intensive care unit, he survived with no major injuries.

"I'm feeling very thankful," Falk Weltzien said. "I know I could have been dead."

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 13:51

That's just terrible. I'm really glad he's okay.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 13:54

Glad he's Okay. Must have been quite an electrifying experience to say the least. I seem to attract more electricity than I want, so wouldn't catch me doing those things. :)

When I read the headline - instantly made me think this would be a great title of a movie dealing with Benjamin Franklin and his key experiment with the kite. Except he wasn't struck by lightning, but imagine how that would have appeared in news papers then if he was. :)

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 13:56

The kite was beyond repair ...

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 00:28

My great grandfather got struck by lightning 3 times according to my mother.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 00:30

^ Did he survive the 3rd strike ?

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 00:49

No. The third time got him.