TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A 15-year-old from Alabama was killed after being struck by lightning while swimming off Tybee Island in Georgia.
The Tybee Island Police Department said it received a 911 call Saturday afternoon about a young woman who had possibly been struck by lightning while swimming in the ocean.
She was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
Authorities said family told investigators that the 15-year-old was visiting Tybee Island from Alabama.
According to the National Weather Service, lightning killed an average of 27 people each year between 2009 and 2018.