Schoolboy, 12, and man rushed to hospital after struck by lightning

Boy, 12, and man in his 50s rushed to hospital after pair are struck by lightning at a school football tournament

A 12-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after he and a man was struck by lightning at a school football tournament.

Another man, in his 50s, also suffered injuries during the incident at a district tournament at The Sele School in Hertford on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services rushed the boy, who attends a different school, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he is being treated.

The man was taken to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow, Essex, for ‘further care’. 

The headteacher of the school, Chris Quach, posted on Facebook yesterday evening to say that the lightning strike had ‘affected several people’.

The boy and man were struck during a district tournament at The Sele School in Hertford (pictured) on Monday afternoon

He said: ‘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.’

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they were called at around 5.15pm to reports that a child and a man ‘had been struck by lightning’.

‘We sent [the] East Anglian Air Ambulance, two ambulance officer vehicles, an ambulance, a BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) vehicle and a rapid response car.

‘The child was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a critical condition and the man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital for further care. Both were conveyed by land ambulance.’

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