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Brazil: Man Hit by Lightning 3 Times in the Same Day

Belem| Guilherme Conceicao, a 41-year old Brazilian fisherman, certainly found an excessively painful way to get his name into the Guinness Book of World Records. Last Monday, the poor man was hit by lightning on three separate occasions in less than twelve hours. Nevertheless, the fisherman remains quite lucky, suffering serious burns to his hands and feet but no other serious injuries.

The first lightning bolt hit Guilherme Conceicao a few minutes after 8:00 in the morning while he was fishing out at sea with his brother-in-law. He was hit directly and fell unconscious for a few seconds before regaining his senses. The two men decided to head to shore to get some care for his injuries and had almost reached the shore when another lightning bolt hit their ship. Both men were then badly shaken and had enormous difficulty staying their course. They finally made it to shore and were transported to the Clinica dos Accidentos, where they were treated for their injuries. Released from the hospital 7 hours later, Mr. Conceicao had just exited the building when he was hit a third time. Spectacular images of the last incident were even caught by a security camera of the establishment.

It had started out as a good day, and there was no sign that it was gonna turn out this bad explains Mr. Conceicao. Everything went wrong after we left the shore to go fishing… There was a storm so bad, it was as if all hell had broken loose. You know, Ive been hit by lightning twice before, but this was different. It was as if God personally wanted to see me dead. It was an horrible experience! The whole day was terrible…

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the first time anyone is hit three times in the same day. Former Park Ranger Roy Dooms Sullivan, has the dubious distinction of being the most lightning-struck person ever recorded. Between 1942 and his death in 1983, Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning on seven different occasions, suffering only minor injuries.