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Gerhard Potgieter, NSRI Gauteng station commander, said:At approximately 17h00, Saturday, 26th January, during a National rowing regatta at Victoria Lake, Germiston, after the regatta had been called off due to thunderstorms, and final packing-up was underway, a male rowing coach, 19, and a male learner, 14, from a Cape Town school, were struck by lightening, sustaining injuries.NSRI Gauteng and Emergency Care ambulance service, in attendance at the regatta, attended at the scene and ER24 ambulance services and Netcare 911 ambulance services responded.CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced on the 19 year old.The 14 year old was treated on the scene before being transported to hospital by ambulance in serious but a stable condition.Sadly, despite extensive CPR efforts, the 19 year old male has been declared deceased.The 14 year old is recovering in hospital.The SA Police Services attended at the scene and the body of the 19 year old has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.Condolences are conveyed to family, friends, colleagues and the rowing clubs and school.TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
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