Golfer struck by lightning and set alight while on the course

Father of five lucky to survive freak accident at Utah golf course. 

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Thu, 1 Mar 2018

Golfer struck by lightning and set alight while on the course

An American golfer who was struck down by lightning while playing golf is to require skin graft surgery after a fifth of his body was burnt by the bolt.

Justin Hofer, 38, a father of five, was lucky to survive the freak accident that happened at Sunbrook Golf Course in St George, Utah. 

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He said: ‘All I really remember was teeing off on the first hole of the point, and then I really don’t remember anything until I woke up at the hospital here. It’s weird. It’s like my memory just got erased. (Sunday) is the first day I really remember.

“We all went up there to putt out balls in and apparently that’s when it happened. I got hit by the lightning and then my really good buddy just looked at me and I just kinda fell over, hit the ground and was on fire."

According to research, around 300 people are hit by a lightning bolt every year, with one in 10 strikes proving fatal .

Despite the incident, Mr Hofer remains hopeful, saying: ‘(It’s) unbelievable bad luck. ‘But maybe it will all turn out for the best.’