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Old 08-26-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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Motorcyclist killed by lightening

The victims were identified as Bret Hemenway, 50, and wife Connie Hemenway, 49, who were heading south on the highway, apparently on separate motorcycles. They were returning to their home on Danube Drive in Madras after a two-day ride over Mt. Hood and down the Columbia Gorge, through The Dalles and Hood River, Adkins said. Connie Hemenway told deputies they had stopped at the Cow Canyon rest area to wait out the storm, which was pelting the region with heavy rain, hail, wind and hundreds of lightning strikes. When there was a break in the storm, they continued south, but Connie Hemenway said the storm had started again, so they stopped near milepost 75 and took cover under a large tree. “Connie said that while under the tree, she saw a blue light and felt extreme pain in her left arm,” Adkins wrote in a news release. “Connie was blown backwards and said that Bret was still leaning against the tree and not moving,” the sheriff said. http://www.ktvz.com/news/man-killed-...c/-/index.html
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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....Bret was still leaning against the tree and not moving,” the sheriff said.
Damn near welded him right to the trunk? R.I.P. Bret, but don't "they" say NOT to "take shelter" under a tree in a lightening storm? That's right where the lightening goes for. IIRC plenty of golfers and sports spectators have been killed or injured this way.

(Thought maybe somebody got zapped right off their bike, while in motion.)
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:40 PM   #3
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Getting struck while on a bike has happened and I've always wondered what is the best thing to do while riding in a rural area with no shelter. Portable Faraday cage?

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Damn near welded him right to the trunk? R.I.P. Bret, but don't "they" say NOT to "take shelter" under a tree in a lightening storm? That's right where the lightening goes for. IIRC plenty of golfers and sports spectators have been killed or injured this way.

(Thought maybe somebody got zapped right off their bike, while in motion.)
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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Lightening goes for high conductive points ... (trees are conductive, especially when wet)

Leave the bike sitting up ... put your self in a ditch and crouch down. That way the lightening will hit the high point (your bike if nothing else) and not you. Some people have reported feeling the static build up - hair standing on end.

People struck by lightening have a good survivability, if not burnt, by using CPR after the strike.

DO a first aid course! The knowledge you gain might save someone.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Leave the bike sitting up ... put your self in a ditch and crouch down.
And not right next to the bike either. Get away from whatever the lightening is most likely (or you want to be most likely) to hit
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:05 AM   #6
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I've been caught out in electrical storms a few times but was always lucky enough to find a gas station with a canopy to duck under. I figured they must be among the best grounded structures on the planet.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:30 AM   #7
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:33 AM   #8
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What about under an overpass? Good spot? That's where I stopped last week when caught in a thunderstorm on my way home from work.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:52 AM   #9
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"Lightening", really?

There's no E in the word, guys.

LIGHTNING

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:01 AM   #10
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"Lightening", really?

There's no E in the word, guys.

LIGHTNING

(Klay, get in here and do your job!)
Good thing you straightened that out.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #11
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I thought everybody knew not to get under a tree when there's lightning around. I guess not.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:11 AM   #12
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I thought it was a play on words.


(I see what you did there, Magellan)
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Good thing you straightened that out.
I know. Now I can chase down other internet conversations with errors.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:23 AM   #14
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Good thing you straitened that out.

No fair w/ the edit!
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:57 AM   #15
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No fair w/ the edit!

dam, busted. not sure what happened there. I'll blame speel czech
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