Orange County

Divers search for missing child after lightning strike near Orlando rowing club

ORLANDO, Fla. — The search for a missing child is ongoing after a lightning strike Thursday evening near a lake in Orlando.

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The lightning strike also put another child in a hospital.


The strike happened around 5:50 p.m. at Lake Fairview, near Lee Road and Edgewater Drive.

Firefighters said five people from a rowing club were on a boat when the lightning struck.

Parents were at the lake all night and into Friday morning, waiting for answers.

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Orange County Fire Rescue divers were pulled from the water around 1 a.m. and plan to return at sunrise.

Seminole County crew stayed throughout the night and used a boat and sonar to search for the missing middle schooler.

Officials believe the lightning struck the boat, or near it, causing it to overturn.

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Channel 9 weather radar showed more than a dozen strikes around the time.

Firefighters said five middle schoolers were on the boat, four rowers and a coxswain, responsible for steering.

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