Groom-to-be tragically dies after being STRUCK by lightning during pre-wedding photoshoot

About half an hour before the lightning struck, the local meteorological authority had reportedly issued a yellow alert

Groom-to-be tragically dies after being STRUCK by lightning during pre-wedding photoshoot
The man was taken to a nearby hospital on a stretcher where he was pronounced dead (Weibo Sina)
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LIJIANG, CHINA: In a tragic incident, a groom-to-be died after being struck by lightning while posing for pre-wedding photoshoot with his fiancée at Spruce Meadow in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on August 24.

According to South China Morning Post, about 30 minutes before the lightning struck at 1.30 pm, the local meteorological authority had issued a yellow alert, the third highest under the country’s warning system. Despite this, the couple decided to go ahead with their planned photoshoot. A tourist, as per the outlet, said that it was raining since noon that day when he heard a loud thunder which he believes was the deadly lightning strike that killed the man identified as Ruan. Local emergency services soon arrived at the spot and took the man to a hospital. A video was also taken that showed emergency workers in heavy rain wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas moving the man onto a stretcher. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Those standing close to the victim remained unharmed. However, talking about the tragedy, a witness told the outlet, “Big happiness turned into big sorrow. We can’t imagine how painful this must be for the bride. Maybe one second before that, she and her fiancé were talking about their romantic wedding and looking forward to their future happy life. But a flash of lightning has torn them apart."

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The news of the horrific incident comes after a 48-year-old British mother was struck by lightning in Croatia on August 20. The paramedic was able to revive the woman. However, she is reportedly in critical condition with a serious head injury and burns and is receiving intensive care after being hit while she was sunbathing with her daughter on Kasjuni beach near Split, as per Independent.

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Lightning killed and injured 4,000 people in China

According to Scientific Research, the country is affected by geographical terrain and other factors, which makes it prone to lightning disasters. According to DailyMail, the Chinese government was investigating whether air pollution was the key factor affecting people who were struck by lightning in the last few years. A 2017 report found that lightning strikes killed and injured almost 4,000 people in China every year.

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