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CCTV caught the moment two Thai tourists on phones were struck by lightning on Cha-Am beach

A Thai woman died and her male companion was injured when lightning struck at the northern end of Cha-Am beach yesterday.

CCTV showed the flash as the two tourists, who were sitting on a plastic mat under a pine tree, were knocked over unconscious.

Both were playing on their phones at the time, said Thai Rath.

Police and foundation medics who were quickly on the scene found an unidentified 30 year old man in a dazed state with burns to his left leg.

Nearby was a 27 year old woman with burns to the right of her head and blood coming from her nose, mouth and ear.

She was rushed to hospital but died on the way. She was named as Supranee Kheunkankong from Chaiyaphum.

Police said that the fact that the couple were on their mobile phones was a factor in them being struck by lightning.

Thaivisa notes that many leading organizations throughout the world have debunked the popular theory that mobile phones attract lightning though the debate continues.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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