Teen swimmer dies after being struck by lightning on Tybee Island

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WCBD) – A teenager died after she was struck by lightning Saturday while swimming near Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Police Department received a 9-1-1 call just after 2:30 p.m. regarding a female swimmer who had possibly been struck by lightning while swimming in the ocean near 17th Street.

The 15-year-old swimmer had already been removed from the beach and was undergoing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from fire and lifeguard personnel when officers arrived.

Officials say the teenager was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The teen had been visiting Tybee Island from Alabama.

“The men and women of the City of Tybee Island are deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman and our hearts remain with her family and friends,” the City of Tybee Island said.

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