As many as 12 people were struck by lightning, four of which were unresponsive, according to the Emergency Management report. The incident occurred on a beach near Lawshee Plantation in Georgetown County, South Carolina, around 2:10 p.m. EST Thursday.
One man was killed in the lightning strike, according to WMBF News. His identity has not been released yet, but according to authorities, he is believed to have been in his 40s.
In this March 6, 2017 photo, lightning strikes near the barn on the Taylor farm near Lawrence, Kan. Lightning used to kill about 300 Americans a year, but lightning deaths are on pace to hit a record low this year. Scientists say less time spent outside and improved medical treatment have contributed to fewer deaths. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
The two other victims who had been transported to a nearby hospital are being held for observation, Georgetown County Battalion Chief David Geney told the news station.
The lightning hit a tree next to the river, according to Geney. Due to difficult terrain, pouring rain
People planning to spend time outdoors should keep an eye to the sky and head indoors at the first signs of thunder or lightning.