Three football players and an assistant referee were hospitalised Tuesday afternoon after being struck by lightning during a football game in Linstead, St. Catherine.
The assistant referee and the three players, students from Dinthill High School, were struck during the first half of the ISSA/WATA Zone J game that was being played against Charlemont High, which was where the match was taking place.
A video has since surfaced showing the moment the thunder roared overhead, leading to the game’s abrupt halting. The field immediately became busy with players and people running around, checking on the injured individuals, one of whom was seen lying on the field.
Shortly after, the injured schoolboys were seen being rushed off the field. One of the schoolboys, according to the Jamaica Observer, who spoke to a member of the management team of Dinthill Technical (Everton Burke), said his shoulder was injured, and he was feeling “pain all over, in his shoulder and in his neck.”
Everton Burke, who accompanied the injured group to the hospital, also noted that they showed signs of responsiveness and did not seem to be in immediate danger. Burke further mentioned that although it wasn’t raining during the incident, which occurred approximately 25 minutes into the game, the weather conditions were overcast due to earlier rain.
Regarding their medical status, he expressed uncertainty about whether the four individuals would be admitted for treatment or released after evaluation. However, he confirmed that medical tests had been conducted to assess their condition.
Watch the video of the incident below: