Lightning kills stude, 16

LIGHTNING struck and killed a 16-year-old Grade 8 student in Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur last Saturday morning, police said.

Police Regional Office 9 director, Brigadier General Emmanuel Luis D. Licup said that victim Roger Guillena Jr. was paddling a banca he borrowed from their neighbor in Purok Quarry in Barangay Abong-Abong when he was hit by lightning at 7:15 a.m. last Saturday.

Witnesses said that they saw the victim falling down the water after being struck by lightning prompting them to rush to the scene. Local fishermen retrieved the body of the teenager who died despite efforts to revive him.

Licup said that the victim borrowed the banca of their neighbor to buy a spare part for their damaged pump boat prior to the incident. An attending physician from the Tabina Rural Health Unit declared the victim dead, he said.