Orange County

Second rower dies after lightning strike, Orlando rowing club says

ORLANDO, Fla. — A second child has passed away after a weather-related incident, North Orlando Rowing said in a Facebook post on Saturday.


The rower had been transported to the hospital following the incident.

The lightning strike happened around 5:50 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Lake Fairview, near Lee Road and Edgewater Drive.

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

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

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

The Orlando rowing community said they will continue to support the families affected by the tragedy.

Read: 1 child injured, another missing after lightning strike near rowing practice on Lake Fairview

USRowing and local authorities are still investigating the incident.

North Orlando Rowing has organized a GoFundMe page for direct support to the families affected, which can be found here.

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