Statement by Governor Murphy on Fatal Lightning Strike in Berkeley Township:
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of the young lifeguard killed by today’s horrific lightning strike on the beach in Berkeley Township, and we pray for a full recovery for those injured.
I’ve spoken to Mayor Carmen Amato and offered the full support and assistance of our administration during this difficult time.”
Sheriff Mastronadry confirms six people were injured when the lifeguard was struck on the beach between 21st and 23rd Streets in Berkeley Township around 4:30 p.m.
Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronadry said the lifeguard could not hear after being hit; the other six were nearby.
“All were taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River,” Sheriff Mike Mastronadry said.
One of the injured suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Ocean County authorities.
Police cleared the beach for the investigation.