A Brazilian tour guide was killed by a freak lightning strike whereas he was main hikers on a path.
Leilson de Souza, 36, was taking hikers on a path tour at Tijuca Nationwide Park in Rio de Janeiro when a lightning bolt struck him down, the Day by day Mail reported.
In a disturbing video obtained by native information sources, a hiker with the group, Karlla Araújo da Silva, 26, captured the precise second and her response to the incident.
The hiker, who was together with her husband and a bunch of mates, was filming a video of herself and the views from the height they’d simply reached.
Earlier than she turned to herself, she videoed different hikers sitting on a rock for a relaxation and a person with a inexperienced backpack and black cap, who’s reported as Mr De Souza, going to face close to a cliff edge in what can be the guide’s last moments earlier than his demise.
As Ms Da Silva filmed herself, a loud noise may very well be heard, then the hiker screamed and lowered her telephone, capturing her horrified response earlier than she stopped recording.
The hiker mentioned that their complete group was instructed it will be a wet stroll, however they determined to proceed with the expedition anyway, because the climate might change from one hour to the subsequent, she instructed Brazilian information outlet G1.
It was the final trip the couple have been taking collectively earlier than they have been as a result of return to Mato Grosso on Monday.
The group have been set to begin the four-hour spherical trip to the Pedra da Gávea mountain by hiking and utilizing rappel rope.
“Midway there, it began to rain, a drizzle. He [the guide] requested if we wished to proceed, and everybody determined sure. The guide mentioned there was an opportunity to get to the top and have a view in the solar,” Ms Da Silva instructed the outlet.
After the guide, who she mentioned had round a decade of hiking expertise, was struck, she mentioned she felt “panic and despair.”
“It was determined. I solely knew find out how to cry, and we have been in whole despair, she mentioned.
“I wished to go down, however on the identical time, I used to be afraid as a result of extra lightning might strike.”
She mentioned that the entire group have been left in shock moments after it occurred; Ms Da Silva tried to ring a rescue group, however she couldn’t get the phrases out of her mouth.
Her husband ended up making a name to a hearth division, and a helicopter got here to gather Mr De Souza’s physique.
The hikers have been reportedly escorted again by certainly one of Mr De Souza’s brothers, who was taking a course to additionally turn into a tour guide.
Mr De Souza’s demise comes after one other freak lighting strike this month when a 34-year-old mother-of-two, Froilanis Rivas, was killed whereas standing on a seashore in Columbia.
Ms Rivas was hit by a bolt that despatched her into cardiac arrest, however she later succumbed to her accidents and died.
There are roughly 24,000 fatalities worldwide linked to lightning yearly, with ten instances that quantity in accidents, in accordance with the Nationwide Library of Medication.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention say round 40 million lightning strikes hit the bottom in the US every year, however there may be lower than one in one million likelihood that somebody can be hit.
People who find themselves struck by lightning have a 90 per cent survival charge.