Kite-flying man struck by lightning on Fla beach

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 9:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 9:19 a.m.

VILANO BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say a man who had been flying a large kite is in stable condition after being struck by lightning on a northeast Florida beach.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says Weltzien Falk of St. Augustine was flying the kite with his son Monday afternoon on Vilano Beach.

Deputies tell The St. Augustine Record ( ) that Falk's son, Kai, said he saw a flash of lightning and felt a tingle. Then he saw that his father had fallen to the ground.

Falk had been wearing a harness with metal rings that attached strings to the kite.

A bystander performed CPR on Falk until rescue workers arrived. Authorities say Falk had burn marks on his left shoulder. His son was not injured.

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