Motorcyclist killed by lightening

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  1. hugemoth

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    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...tning/-/413192/21650616/-/y1hj6c/-/index.html
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  2. viverrid

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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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  3. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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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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  4. Warin

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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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  5. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    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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  6. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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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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  7. Dingo Joe

    Dingo Joe Frick You...

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    keep riding...
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  8. leftfield6

    leftfield6 That is Mattie in the pic, was the best dog ever

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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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  9. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    "Lightening", really?

    There's no E in the word, guys.

    LIGHTNING

    (Klay, get in here and do your job!)
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    Good thing you straightened that out.
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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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  12. ozmoses

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    I thought it was a play on words.


    (I see what you did there, Magellan)
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  13. Yossarian™

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    I know. Now I can chase down other internet conversations with errors.
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    No fair w/ the edit!
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    dam, busted. not sure what happened there. :scratch I'll blame speel czech
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  16. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Didnt work for me. Riding in thunderstorm in Telluride, nearby strike sent jolt through my hands and arms. Not bad, but enough to get my attention and get me inside a gas station.
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    Doh! (It passes spell check.)
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  19. PeterW

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    I've had a strike hit the hillside above me, and I have to say the induced current went right through bits of me I'd rather it hadn't :). You are usually soaking wet as well ....

    Basically, you are screwed, park, get off the bike, stand on one leg is your best shot.

    Pete
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  20. Dingo Joe

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    same thing with me, but I was on a bicycle...
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