Lightning strike throws Southampton scaffolder Kyle Taylor 12ft through the air in Camberley

Daily Echo: Lightning strike throws scaffolder 12ft through the air Lightning strike throws scaffolder 12ft through the air

“I am lucky to be alive.”

Those are the words of a Southampton man who had an escape after he was one of three men who were struck by lightning.

Kyle Taylor was on a lorry which he was loading at a Churchill Retirement Living construction site in Camberley when he was struck by the bolt which hit the lorry, at 1pm yesterday afternoon.

He was thrown 12ft away from the lorry, and despite losing consciousness and treated at Frimley Park Hospital for burns to his chest, he discharged himself hours later to be at home with his family.

The 26-year-old scaffolder, who lives in Portsmouth Road, Woolston, said that before it happened he noticed the weather take a turn for the worse and he rang his boss to say after loading the lorry he will be going home.

The former Woolston Boys School pupil and Itchen College student, said: “As I was loading the lorry with scaffolding tubes I heard thunder, then the next thing I know I saw this massive blue flash.

Daily Echo:

“When I woke up and hour my body was stuck to the floor and I could not move. I was numb all over and I had pins and needles all over.

“In my head I thought I was able to talk and say things, but I could not speak. Everyone thought I was dead I went into shock and got worried because I could not move.

“What's happened is absolutely mental, I still can't get my head round it now. I never like to think what the chances were of surviving that, or how many volts were in the lightning. I am just so happy to still be here.”

Kyle and his two colleagues were all described as 'walking wounded' by South Central Ambulance Service.

The trio of lucky survivors are planning on getting a tattoo as a memento of the incident.

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4:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

kiddynamite says...

who cares? hes a gooner!!
who cares? hes a gooner!! kiddynamite
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4:31pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Lockssmart says...

What part of London is he originally from?
What part of London is he originally from? Lockssmart
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Wed 30 Apr 14

southy says...

Welcome to the Lighting Club
Welcome to the Lighting Club southy
  • Score: -1

5:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

No he's not, he obviously lived?
No he's not, he obviously lived? issacchunt
  • Score: -3

5:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -5

7:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
Go on, admit it, you are Southy aren't you?
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]Go on, admit it, you are Southy aren't you? Torchie1
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
Go on, admit it, you are Southy aren't you?
No, I'm not.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]Go on, admit it, you are Southy aren't you?[/p][/quote]No, I'm not. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -2

8:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

10 Minute Man says...

Its the volts that jolts, but the mills that kills.

Unfortunately.
Its the volts that jolts, but the mills that kills. Unfortunately. 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 3

8:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

southy says...

Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again
Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again southy
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again
OK Ginger.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again[/p][/quote]OK Ginger. Torchie1
  • Score: 0

10:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again
OK Ginger.
Torchie, don't be an idiot... Well... More of one than you've shown yourself to be at least.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Torchie1 you step out of your league yet again[/p][/quote]OK Ginger.[/p][/quote]Torchie, don't be an idiot... Well... More of one than you've shown yourself to be at least. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -1

8:01am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's actually the watts.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]It's actually the watts. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

8:03am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
Welcome to the Lighting Club
Have you been struck by lightning, southy?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Lighting Club[/p][/quote]Have you been struck by lightning, southy? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

8:03am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
Welcome to the Lighting Club
Have you been struck by lightning, southy?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Lighting Club[/p][/quote]Have you been struck by lightning, southy? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

8:13am Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

Sennelager (Germany) 1974 belter of a storm closed down the cupola of the AFV432 (armoured personnel carrier) an elderly couple were sheltering under a nearby tree I waved them to come over after hesitating they did and we made room for them. Much amusement from my lads as I tried to explain the theory of Faraday's cage in Jockenise/German - hardly convinced myself with thoughts of a ten foot antenna advertising to the forces of nature. After a brew of tea two very happy locals to tell of the hospitality of the British army.
Sennelager (Germany) 1974 belter of a storm closed down the cupola of the AFV432 (armoured personnel carrier) an elderly couple were sheltering under a nearby tree I waved them to come over after hesitating they did and we made room for them. Much amusement from my lads as I tried to explain the theory of Faraday's cage in Jockenise/German - hardly convinced myself with thoughts of a ten foot antenna advertising to the forces of nature. After a brew of tea two very happy locals to tell of the hospitality of the British army. skeptik
  • Score: -1

11:13am Thu 1 May 14

Beer Monster says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's actually the watts.
If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]It's actually the watts.[/p][/quote]If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes... Beer Monster
  • Score: 0

11:21am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's actually the watts.
If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...
The phrase "watts are a multiple of amperes" is absolutely without meaning. Like saying ten is a multiple of cake.
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]It's actually the watts.[/p][/quote]If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...[/p][/quote]The phrase "watts are a multiple of amperes" is absolutely without meaning. Like saying ten is a multiple of cake. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

11:25am Thu 1 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's actually the watts.
If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...
It's actually a bit more complicated than that; you've missed out skin depth effects, and the voltage drop across the body.
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]It's actually the watts.[/p][/quote]If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...[/p][/quote]It's actually a bit more complicated than that; you've missed out skin depth effects, and the voltage drop across the body. From the sidelines
  • Score: 2

11:46am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.
It's actually the watts.
If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...
It's actually a bit more complicated than that; you've missed out skin depth effects, and the voltage drop across the body.
I think actually that the ginger bike nut is mostly right, though. Increased current *is* going to become lethal quite quickly, but enormous voltages at source can be tolerated.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps, you could easily run 10,000,000 volts through your body at a few milliamps but no more than 20 milliamps or you could die.[/p][/quote]It's actually the watts.[/p][/quote]If you're going to get pedantic, then you're both correct, given that Watts are a multiple of Amperes...[/p][/quote]It's actually a bit more complicated than that; you've missed out skin depth effects, and the voltage drop across the body.[/p][/quote]I think actually that the ginger bike nut is mostly right, though. Increased current *is* going to become lethal quite quickly, but enormous voltages at source can be tolerated. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

2:22pm Thu 1 May 14

southy says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
southy wrote:
Welcome to the Lighting Club
Have you been struck by lightning, southy?
I been inside the field of pick up of static on the ground while laying on my back working underneath a my car, enough power to throw me 3 feet and up against wall, it left me numb for a few mins, the point of contact was a tree 600 yards away that was back in the mid late 80's
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Welcome to the Lighting Club[/p][/quote]Have you been struck by lightning, southy?[/p][/quote]I been inside the field of pick up of static on the ground while laying on my back working underneath a my car, enough power to throw me 3 feet and up against wall, it left me numb for a few mins, the point of contact was a tree 600 yards away that was back in the mid late 80's southy
  • Score: -3

5:30pm Thu 1 May 14

southy says...

i see a few that do not know how lighting works
i see a few that do not know how lighting works southy
  • Score: 1

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