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Father and son presumed killed by lightning

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 4:10 PM by WBRZ Staff
Updated: Apr 12, 2012 4:10 PM
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Topics: Natalbany River, Tangiphoa, Luther Clyde Baham Sr., Luther Clyde Baham Jr., fishing trip, wbrz, louisiana

PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish deputies recovered the bodies of two missing fishermen Thursday.

Luther Clyde Baham Sr., 54, of Kentwood, and his son Luther Clyde Baham Jr., 33, of Hammond, were reported missing early this morning after they never made it home from a fishing trip Wednesday.

It was reported the men made contact with family members yesterday at approximately 2:15 p.m.

They stated that they were on the Natalbany River and the weather was getting bad, so they were going to find shelter near and abandoned camp.

That was the last time they were heard from.

Wildlife and Fisheries initiated the search of the two men and were able to locate the bodies at an abandoned shelter on the Natalbany River.

Based on the initial investigation, it is believed that the two were killed instantly by a lightning strike.

The bodies were located under a small tin structure where the men apparently took cover to escape a thunder storm.

The evidence of a lightning strike was apparent based on the severe lightning damage to the surrounding trees.

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