Boy, 5, killed by lightning strike at North Carolina beach

Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 15:51:58-04

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. — A 5-year-old boy on vacation with his family was killed after being struck by lightning at a North Carolina beach Sunday evening.

WTKR reports Currituck Fire and EMS responded to a call around 4 p.m. for a child struck by lightning near Carova Beach.

Stephen Little, 5, of Lansdowne, Penn., was rushed to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach.

Little, who went into cardiac arrest from the time of the lightning strike, was pronounced dead at the hospital around 6 p.m. The young boy suffered traumatic burns from the lightning strike.

Chief Ralph Melton of Currituck Fire and EMS said Little was a tourist visiting the area with his family.

The National Weather Service estimates that the odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are 1 in 1,190,000. Only 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed.