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"Golf, last on the List.."

3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 June 26, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

On June 22, 2004, a lightning strike on a bluff in northwest Colorado hospitalized four men with 15 other golfers suffering minor injuries. The single lightning hit arced from man to man with those injured reporting paralyzing effects, surging chest pain and hot flashes. Many perceive that golfers incur the most injuries and deaths during episodes of lightning. The National Weather Service reports that from 2006 through 2012 there were 238 lightning fatalities with 64% of lightning related deaths during leisure activities. Researchers determined that fishermen top the list of lightning strike deaths. Of the 238 deaths since 2006, deaths on beaches, walking, riding, or running totaled 77. Fishing deaths hit 26, followed by camping at 15, boating at 14, soccer at 12 with golf recording 8 fatalities.

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