Published: Aug 15, 2011 3:20 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2011 11:26 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Worker, Jesse Maxwell, 29, was struck by lightning Monday morning. The event took place at the Raleigh House, located on Brinson Avenue in Port Charlotte near Harbor Blvd.

Fire crews in Charlotte County were called right after 10 a.m.

Mae Herzstock was in her appartment across the way when the strike happened

"All I saw, this horrible noise and everybody jumped and his young man was left lying down," Herzstock said.

Firefighters say that two things may have saved the man's life.

"We don't suspect that it was a direct hit of lightning, but certaintly that energy was conducted through the water they were standing in."

At this time, Maxwell's father insists his son was standing on a dry roof and did, in fact, sustain a direct hit from the lightning.

Firefighters also credited the man's quick thinking coworkers with saving his life.

"Absolutely, his coworkers' knowing how to do C.P.R. made a huge difference in the survival of this patient."

The man was transported to Peace River Medical Center and airlifted to Lee Memorial hospital.