Woman saved from lightning strike by wellington boots

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Woman saved from lightning strike by wellington boots


A mother who was struck by lightning escaped with just pins and needles thanks to her husband's wellington boots.

Deborah Kendall was putting her two-year-old daughter in her car during the thunderstorm when she was hit by a bolt near her home in Smalley, Derbyshire.

The 33-year-old, who was struck by several million volts, had put her husband's wellies on and opened an umbrella before stepping outside into the storm.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said: "We put my daughter in the car and I was still holding the umbrella in the air when there was suddenly this white sheet of light.

"I heard a bang and felt it in my hand, then almost instantaneously a bang in my feet. There was a noise like when you stand next to a pylon. The electricity came down the umbrella, through me and out again.

"I think I was in shock - I said to David 'I think I've been struck by lightning'. My whole body went heavy but I managed to run into the house. It was like I had cramp. Pins and needles set in and I called the 111 emergency helpline."

Mrs Kendall went to the hospital and was told by doctors that "the fact I was wearing David's wellies may have insulated me and stopped the lightning from earthing."

She told the Daily Mail: "I dread to think what might have happened if I wasn't wearing them. It could easily have gone the other way."

Her husband David said: "The wellies cost about £8.50 off Amazon. I was going to get rid of them because they were leaking, but I'm glad I didn't now.

"I had just strapped our daughter in when suddenly there was there was a blinding white light above us and the biggest bang. It was deafening."

The odds of being struck by lightning are about 500,000/1.

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