FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Three juveniles were struck by lightning around 2:15 this afternoon on Fort Myers Beach, behind Hooter's.
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, one person did not survive.
Two others were transported to the hospital, and one of them went into cardiac arrest.
LCSO said the victims were two males and one female, and did confirm to WINK News that they were juveniles. No exact ages or names have been released.
According to WINK News Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell, the chances of lightning striking three people in the same occurrence is extremely rare.
"It was the most traumatic experience I have ever been through," said witness Joseph Martin.
Another witness, William Murnane said, "That kid just got killed immediatly on the spot."
Yet another witness, Matthen Rector, is seen in exclusive cell phone video running to the victims lying on the sand.
"They were headed back to their car, running from the rain, and then it just happened out of nowhere," said Rector.
He said one of them was barely alive.
"Borderline. No pulse, so we started chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth. He started to respond. His chest started fluctuating," said Rector.
Witnesses said one of the victims, a girl, was in shock, but responsive.
"She was in a stretcher. She looked conscious, but I don't know if she was actually saying anything," said Murnane.
All of this happened during an intense lightning storm. People ran out of the water to take shelter.
"It was like two storms coming together and then colliding and then there were multiple lightning strikes," said Robert Gustafson.
Even those who have lived on the island for years said they've never experienced lightning like this.
"I take chances out here, walking around in the rain and the lightning, and now I realize that you just cant take them chances," said Gustafson