Missing rowing team member found dead after lightning strike in Orlando

Missing rowing team member found dead after lightning strike in Orlando

Officials have confirmed that a student who was missing after a boat belonging to a rowing club flipped in an Orlando lake due to a lightning strike on Thursday night has been found dead.

Following an extensive search, the student’s body was located at about 5: 15 p.m. local time Friday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, the Orlando Fire Department reported. The name of the child was not immediately released.

“We are incredibly saddened by this incident and appreciate the efforts of the multiple agencies who worked together over the past 24 hours to assist in the rescue,” the fire department tweeted.

Medics took one child to the hospital, while three other children who were on the boat were taken home with their parents after the incident at Lake Fairview on Thursday evening, Orlando Fire Department Executive Chief Ian Davis stated during an earlier news conference.

” The rowing club was practicing on the lake,” Davis stated. “There was lightning strike in this area. We aren’t sure if the lightning struck the vessel or if it was just in the vicinity. The boat was capsized. “

Davis stated that divers and officials from several agencies searched a large area in search of the missing child. He didn’t say which school the members of his team attend.

. @OrangeCoSheriff chopper helping in search for missing child rower in Lake Fairview @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/0OXfQ4rzL8

— Erik Sandoval (@ErikSandoval) September 16, 2022

Orlando television station WESH reported that the team was practicing at the North Orlando Rowing facility. Its online calendar said middle school and JV/Varsity teams were scheduled to practice between 3: 50 and 6: 30 p.m. Thursday.

” We will use every diver we have to locate the missing child,” Davis said at the news conference.

MISSING CHILD: Crews expected to to continue their search this morning for a child at Lake Fairview. They claim the child and four other students were rowing in the area before lightning struck.

We are live with this story @ 6 & 6: 30 a.m. @news6wkmg https://t.co/OR3CvcLmLh

— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) September 16, 2022

The Orlando Rowing Club, which says its mission is to promote the sport of rowing in central Florida, posted a message on its Facebook page late Thursday saying, “Holding vigil in the rowing community tonight. “

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