Two men badly injured in possible lightning strike in Annapolis

Two men were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a possible lightning strike Wednesday night, and remained there as of Thursday morning, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

Medics were called to a community beach in the 100 block of River Drive in the Annapolis Neck area about 8:45 p.m. and took the two men, aged 19 and 23, to Anne Arundel Medical Center, said fire officials.

The person who called 911 said the men were injured in a lightning strike, but the department has not yet confirmed whether that was how they suffered their injuries, said Lt. Jack Beall, a Fire Department spokesman.

Chief Keith Swindle, another spokesman, said when emergency responders arrived at the beach, bystanders were performing CPR on both men. Neither was breathing and both were without a pulse, he said.

Both men remained hospitalized on Thursday morning, Swindle said, but he did not know their exact conditions.

The investigation into what caused their injuries is ongoing.

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