LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms that a 34-year-old Toby Burrow died from a lightning strike to the head on Lake Harding in East Lee County.
Lee County Deputies, EAMC EMS and Beulah Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to an area on Lake Harding near Lee Road 793.
Upon their arrival, they located 34-year-old Toby Burrow, of Valley, with no signs of life.
Burrow was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:35 PM CST from severe injuries from what appears to be a direct lightning strike.
It is reported that Burrow and four other people were in a boat on Lake Harding when they were caught off guard by a storm and were attempting to get to land when the lightning struck Burrow and the boat.
Two of the occupants of the boat had to swim the boat to land as the strike had disabled the vessel.
The other two in the boat performed CPR on Burrow until they could reach land and meet with EMS.
Two of the four survivors sought medical attention on their own and two did not seek medical aid.
The accident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroner's Office and the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
According to the National Weather Service website, Burrow is the eighth person in the United States to die from being struck by lightning in 2017.
The other 7 deaths occurred one each in Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and four in Florida.
Harris tells News Leader 9 in his 30 plus years in the coroner's office, he can't remember a lightning-related death.