Authorities ID Wis. boy killed in lightning strike
9-year-old from Iron River pronounced dead at hospital
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota authorities have identified a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy who was fatally injured by a lightning strike on a Lake Superior beach.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Luke Voigt, of Iron River, Wis., was flown to a Duluth hospital after the lightning strike on Saturday, but was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him failed.
The sheriff’s office also said his 7-year-old brother, Daniel Voigt, was on shore during the lightning strike and was not injured.
The boys were among eight family members and friends who were on a sailboat that took refuge from a rapidly approaching thunderstorm on the end of Minnesota Point, near the Superior Entry to the Duluth-Superior harbor.
Four others in the group were taken to Duluth hospitals with what authorities described as severe but not life-threatening injuries.