Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

A British man has died after lightning reportedly struck while he was paddleboarding in the sea off Greece.

Scott Seddon, from Liverpool, was taking part in water sports off Agia Agathi on Rhodes when a strike hit on Tuesday, according to local reports.

A Greek newspaper said his girlfriend was filming him from the beach at the time.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting his family and was in contact with local authorities.

It is not yet known if Mr Seddon was struck directly.

A representative for the Port Authority of Rhodes said it could not provide further details due to the “active” nature of the case.

The Press Association said Greek newspaper Rodiaki reported that lightning struck the water near the 26-year-old shortly before 13:30 local time (09:30 BST) on Tuesday, causing him to fall into the sea.

The newspaper said a passer-by, who it named as a local footballer, pulled him back to shore and he was taken to a local hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

By Joy

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