Lightning in Poland kills five and injures more than 100

Elias Hubbard
August 25, 2019

The lightning strikes pummeled Poland's Giewont peak, a trekking destination that is 1,894 meters (6,214 feet) high, as well as other locations across the Tatras.

Local prosecutors have opened an investigation to determine if anyone was responsible for allowing a situation in which lives were lost. "But soon lightning struck and we turned back". I have a burnt foot. "And it sure will be".

The head of the Tatra emergency service, Jan Krzysztof, said Friday the operation will focus on widening a narrow passage to allow for the bodies to be recovered.

Four people, including two children, were killed in Poland and a Czech tourist was killed by the same storm in neighboring Slovakia. She said some of the injured were brought by helicopter to the hospital in Zakopane, in the Tatras, while others were taken elsewhere. Some 150 people were treated for burns, fractures, and heart problems, 34 of whom remain in hospital as of Friday afternoon.

Krzysztof added that the unprecedented rescue operation involved five helicopters and "went beyond" any scenario his team has ever encountered.

But rescuers also said that many people ignored the signs of the approaching storm and continued up the peak, instead of hurrying down to safety.

They had set out to climb Poland's highest mountains when the skies were clear earlier in the day.

Four people, including a child were killed on the Polish side of the mountain range.

Tourists climbing Giewont in Poland often aim to end their trip at the top, where a 15-metre iron cross was installed in 1901.

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