Boy, 12, and man in his 50s rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning at school football tournament | The Sun

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition after being hit by lightning at a school in Hertfordshire.

The boy and a man in his 50s were struck by lightning during a district football tournament at The Sele School in Hertford on Monday afternoon.

The East of England Ambulance Service said: “The child was then to Addenbrooke’s Hosital in a critical condition and the man was taken to Princess Alexandra hospital for further care.

The head of Sele School Chris Quach said: “On Monday 2 October after school there was a Football Tournament, organised by the District, which took place at The Sele School. 

“Unfortunately, during the Tournament there was a lightning strike which affected several people, two of whom, one adult and one student from another local secondary school, were taken to hospital for treatment.

“The entire staff of The Sele School, the wider school community and I would like to thank the emergency services, the parents and staff who were attending the match and were so helpful and our first aiders who did an amazing job while waiting for the emergency services to respond.

"Our good wishes and thoughts are with the people who were injured."

It comes after the Met Office yesterday warned the UK will face a week of storms bringing rain and lightning to certain areas.

The Met Office said: "Thunderstorms with frequent lightning have already affected parts of the warning area, these continuing into the evening in places.

"An increasing risk of longer-lasting intense downpours too, especially later this evening and further east across the warning area, for example towards south Lincolnshire and East Anglia."

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