First responders are searching Lake Fairview in Orlando for a missing student athlete after a lightning strike (Picture: WESH 2 News)
First responders searched through the night after a lightning strike on a lake left one student on a rowing team hospitalized and another missing.
The rowing team, which was practicing on Florida’s Lake Fairview, capsized their shell after a lightning strike around 6pm on Thursday. Investigators could not tell if the lightning struck the lake or the nearby area.
‘We’re unsure if it actually hit the vessel or was just in the area,’ said Orlando Fire Department Executive Deputy Chief Ian Davis.
‘We’ve identified where we believe the boat was capsized and we’re searching,’ Davis said. ‘However, we’re going to being using additional technology – SONAR from our partners in the area that can assist us to see if we can locate our missing child.’
Police search the grounds of the lake for the missing rower (Picture: WESH 2 News)
Davis said that officials were searching a large area for the missing child. ‘There’s a lot of current that has the ability to move the victim,’ he said.
Five rowers were on the shell, Davis said. One student athlete was taken to AdventHealth in Orlando.
The remaining three rowers did not need medical attention and went home with their parents.
A number of agencies, including the Orlando Fire Department, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Fire Department, and Seminole County Fire Department joined the search for the missing student, which continued throughout the night.
The rowers were practicing at the North Orlando Rowing club (Picture: WESH 2 News)
Officials have not revealed the ages of the student athletes or which school they attended.
They were practicing at the North Orlando Rowing club in Fairview Shores. North Orlando Rowing says it is ‘a competitive rowing club for male and female High school athletes ages 12 through 18,’ according to the club’s website.
The club’s schedule said the JV/Varsity high school team and the middle school team were both scheduled to practice on the lake until 6.30pm that day.
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