Football players collapse after bolt of lightning strikes pitch

Football players collapse on the field after bolt of lightning strikes pitch during college match in Jamaica

  • The lightning struck in the 82nd minute at the Stadium East field in Kingston
  • Two of the players in the shot fell to their knees and had to be stretchered off
  • They were rushed to hospital where one still remains and is unable to talk 

Two football players were taken to hospital after collapsing on the pitch after a bolt of lightning struck during a college match in Jamaica.

The footage was recorded by a spectator at the Manning Cup match between Wolmer’s Boys and Jamaica College that was being held at the Stadium East field in Kingston.  

The video begins in the 82nd minute with Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 up as one of their players on the wing is running with the ball.

After a series of passes, a flash of lightning briefly lights up the scene.

Two of the players in shot immediately grab their heads and fall to their knees on the pitch.

Several other players at both ends of the pitch also collapse to the turf and began to hold their eyes.  

The few remaining players seem initially unaware of the injuries until the referee, Karl Tyrell, blows the whistle to call a halt to the match.

The video begins in the 82nd minute with Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 up as one of their players on the wing is running with the ball

A flash of lightning briefly lights up the scene and two of the players in the shot immediately grab their heads and fall to their knees on the pitch

Team mates, spectators and medical teams all rush on to the pitch to help those who have been struck.

The rest of the troubled crowd can only look on and wait as some continue to ask ‘What’s going on?’.

This is where the video ends and the match is eventually called off.

The few remaining players seem initially unaware of the injuries until the referee, Karl Tyrell, blows the whistle to call a halt to the match

Team mates, spectators and medical teams all rush on to the pitch to help those who have been struck while the rest of the troubled crowd can only look on and wait

The two players who had suffered the most serious injuries were stretchered off the pitch and taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies. One has since been discharged but the other is still receiving treatment

The two players who had suffered the most serious injuries were named as Jamaica College player Terrence Francis and Wolmer’s Boys’ Dwayne Allen by local news outlet Loop Jamaica.

Both were stretchered off the pitch and taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies.  

A third player who later complained of chest pains was also taken to get checked over.

He and Dwayne have both since been discharged but Terrence is still in hospital and receiving treatment. 

It is believed he is still unable to speak or move the left side of his body.      

Footballers being stuck by lightning: A regularly occurring phenomenon?

Footballers being stuck by lightning could be considered a regularly occurring phenomenon

In October 1998, Bena Tshadi were drawing 1-1 with visitors Basanga in Kasai, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Reports at the time said a bolt of lightning struck and killed 11 people (both players and spectators) while a further 30 received burns.

The reports were initially published in daily newspaper L’Avenir in Kinshasa but were never officially confirmed.

That same weekend, a premier league football match in Johannesburg, South Africa, was brought to an abrupt end when lightning struck the ground.

Seven players and the referee were sent sprawling to the turf holding their eyes and ears during the game between the Jomo Cosmos and the Moroka Swallows.

Spectators and coaching staff ran onto the pitch to help and in this instance, fortunately no one was killed.

There was even an incident early this year involving a player for Brazilian team Agua Santa.

Henrique had been playing in the under-20s match in Diadema, Sao Paulo, and the players had been battling with fierce weather conditions from the start of the match.

As the play entered stoppage time, the thunder and lightning became so extreme that the players ran off the pitch.

Henrique had nearly reached the dug out when he collapsed having apparently caught the impact of a lightning strike.

Medical staff administered treatment immediately as his horrified team mates looked on.

The referee called time on the match as the player eventually got back to his feet and clambered into the back of an ambulance. 

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