Boy, 13, dies in freak lightning strike leaving dad devastated and confused

The father of a 13-year-old boy who died in a freak beach lightning strike has described the agony of his loss.

The teenage boy was one of several children struck by lightning on Orchard Beach in New York on Thursday (August 12), which resulted in six people being hospitalised in the Bronx.

Carlos Ramos died after the strike, leaving his family reeling, the New York Post reports.

He had just celebrated his 13th birthday with his twin sister and was out with his family when the freak storm rolled over the beach at around 5:20pm.

Carlos was taken to Jacobi Hospital after the lightning bolt struck, but was pronounced dead by doctors.

The emergency services also hospitalised four other children, a 5-year-old boy, 12-year-old girl and two teenagers aged 14 and 13, as well as a 41-year-old man and 33-year-old woman.

The six others affected by the freak lightning strike are said to be in a stable condition.

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Carlos’s father Jeffrey Ramos told The Post with tears in his eyes that he is grieving for his son’s loss.

He wrote on Facebook: “This can’t be life. I’m going to miss you my boy. I will love you always.

“Devastated and confused this is not happening.”

Family friend Faith Johnson lovingly referred to Carlos as “a little jokester”.

She said: “He wanted to play basketball and do stand-up comedy.”

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