8 Report Injuries After Lightning Strikes SeaWorld

All have since been released, are fine

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2011 9:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three guests and two employees were sent to the hospital yesterday after lightning struck at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove water park in Orlando. Firefighters were called to the park just after 5pm, as a storm that meteorologists had warned would produce “excessive” lightning passed through, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Three other employees were taken to a local medical clinic, but none of the eight total people affected are believed to have been directly hit, and all have now been released from medical care.

Shamu and others leap out of the water at SeaWorld in this file photo.
Shamu and others leap out of the water at SeaWorld in this file photo.   (AP Photo/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Jason Collier)
Killer whales perform at Sea World on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
Killer whales perform at Sea World on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   (Getty Images)
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