Lightning Turns Deadly In Venice Beach

Originally we had confirmation that two beach goers were dead and over 13 injured when a lightning strike hit Venice Beach by the Venice Beach Pier yesterday.  A scuba diver was struck, and was unconscious and not breathing when rescued. He was revived at scene and transported as others were treated at the beach while LA County Fire searched for a missing swimmer. As I spoke with the LAFD Battalion Chief he said they were searching for one additional body in the water. That person was pulled from the water and administered CPR. It is not clear if that person or the scuba diver have fallen victim to their injuries. Have not heard back from family member who confirmed the second death. At this time the coroner is confirming only one fatality.

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