Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Lightning-struck tourists and guides out of hospital

Nine of the 10 persons who were struck by lightning at the Mystic Mountain attraction in St Ann on Friday, have since been released from hospital.

The group included four tourists and six tour guides.

Only one of the tour guides remain at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.

The guide is reported to be in stable condition, and is expected to be discharged soon.

Tourism Minister, Edmond Bartlett, visited the hospital on Sunday, and also made contact with the tourists.

He said the group of visitors expressed pleasure with the treatment they received at the hospital, and expressed willingness to return to Jamaica.

Bartlett noted that what occurred at the tourist attraction was a freak accident that could have happened anywhere else.

The management of the attraction has indicated that lightning-suppression apparatus is in place at the facility, but Friday’s incident was a clear-sky occurrence that could not be planned for.

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