‘Fairly unfortunate’: Man killed by lightning strike whereas tenting in South Australia


A man camping with his brother has died after being struck by lightning during a violent storm in South Australia’s Riverland.

The 29-year-old man was attacked around 5pm on Saturday in Eba, some 160km northeast of Adelaide.

His brother was reportedly standing just meters away when the tragedy struck.

camera iconDashcam footage captured the storm. 9 messages Photo credit: Channel 9

Farmer David Modistach said it was a violent storm.

“We haven’t had storms like this in years and it was good to see but there was a lot of lightning and thunder,” he told 9 News.

“You’re pretty unlucky to get hit.”

In a brief statement, police confirmed the man died at the scene.

The police are preparing a report for the coroner.

camera iconThere were many lightning strikes during the storm. 9 messages Photo credit: Channel 9

One of the ambulances that was called got stuck on the way to the hospital.

A 39-year-old man was killed by lightning at Cornerstone College in the Adelaide Hills in 2016.

It is estimated that up to 10 people die from lightning strikes in Australia every year, while more than 100 are injured.