SURVIVING THE STORM: Staying Safe from lightning on the lake

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When you're out on the lake, the weather can go from nice to stormy pretty quick.

If we can see lightning or hear thunder then there is a chance we can be struck.

In 2016 there were 38 deaths nationwide, and a lot of those were victims fell by lightning strikes while on a personal water craft.

So how do you stay safe, if you get caught out in a lightning storm, in the middle of this huge lake, where shelter can be hard to come by?

The best thing to do is get off the water and get to a substantial building.

But sometimes you won't see a building for miles on the lake, so then what?

If you get caught out in it, and you have a cabin in the boat, get down in it if you can't get into safe harbor in time.

But of course not all boats have those cabins.

You can get low in the boat, don't become a lightning rod and get as low you can in the boat, stay away from anything that is metal such as the railing or steering wheel if it happens to be metal, and if you've found yourself in a position where you just don't want to risk getting to shore that's the best thing to do and ride it out.

Get low to the ground, don't lie flat but get low to the ground.

But there are some places on shore you definitely don't want to be.

You don't wanna get under a tree, and you don't wanna become a victim in that aspect.

Taking personal responsibility is key, it's up to the individual to pay attention and see whats going on with the weather.

It's just a matter of paying attention to your surroundings.

Lightning has been known to strikes as far away as 10 miles from the parent thunderstorm.

Also for every 5 seconds you count between seeing lightning and hearing thunder, lightning was 1 mile away.