Two teenagers were killed after being struck by lightning during a storm while fishing in a park in Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon.
Brendan McGowan and Kaitlyn Rosensteel, both 18, died yesterday at Mammoth Park Lake, Mount Pleasant Township, around 4 p.m.
Witnesses described hearing a loud crackling sound and seeing a bright flash of light.
They said the next thing they saw was a large shattered tree with Brendan and Kaitlyn lifeless beneath it, the Westmoreland County Coroner & Office revealed in a press release.
The two teenagers, who had just graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic High School and Ringgold High School, respectively, were declared dead on the spot.
Brendan McGowan and Kaitlyn Rosensteel, bitg 18, died yesterday at Mammoth Park Lake, Mount Pleasant Township, after what witnesses called a loud roaring sound and a bright flash of light
Viewers say that the next thing they saw was a large shattered tree with Brendan and Kaitlyn lifeless under it (Mammoth Park More)
Rosensteel had joined the West Virginia Weseyan & # 39; s College football team just in the weeks before her death.
They were seated at the spillway on the park lake when the battle took place.
Both their injuries were concluded as & # 39; in accordance with the lightning strike & # 39 ;.
An autopsy takes a few weeks to end the specific cause of death, officials said.
McGowan was a star of the Greensburg baseball team and would go to the University of Pittsburgh this fall.
Where Rosensteel had just joined to play for the West Virginia Wesleyan & # 39; s College football team.
& # 39; She was just an absolutely wonderful, wonderful child & # 39 ;, said Rob Fabean, club director for the Beadling Soccer Club, to TribLive.
& # 39; She was an exemplary player for the teams I coached, never was a problem, never caused problems, suited everyone, liked everyone. & # 39;
& # 39; She was just an absolutely wonderful, wonderful child, & # 39; said Rob Fabean, director of club management for the Beadling Soccer Club. She was a model player for the teams I coached, never was a problem, never caused problems, suited everyone, liked everyone & # 39;
McGowan was a star of Greensburg baseball and was scheduled to attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall. His rector described him as a & # 39; really good person & # 39;
Fabean coached Rosensteel for most of her athletic life and said that his & # 39; heart sank & # 39; when he received the tragic news.
& # 39; To find out that someone loves something as tragic as a lightning strike, I can't even comprehend it. & # 39;
The coach said there are plans to hold a memorial for the late football player, but there are no specific arrangements yet.
McGowan did not graduate in Greenburg until May 29, revealed his head Benjamin Althof.
An emotional tweet paid tribute to the deceased teenager shortly after her death was announced on Friday
& # 39; Brendan was a member of the National Honor Society and the winner of multiple scholarships and awards, & # 39; said Althof.
& # 39; He was also the second baseman for our baseball team. Through all his awards, activities and awards, he was a really good person. He wore himself with calm self-confidence. & # 39;
The couple's death became the third and fourth lightning-related deaths this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
The first of the dead came on May 3 when a man who camped in Texas was struck by a terrifying bolt. Another adult man was hit while riding his motorcycle in Florida.
On average about 50 Americans die each year from lightning strikes. The chance of being hit once in a lifetime is 1 in 13,000.
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