Orlando: Second middle school student dies after rowboat capsizes due to possible lightening


A second junior high student has died after a lightning strike may have caused a student rowing club’s boat to capsize earlier this month, rowing officials said Saturday.

“It is with broken hearts that we share the passing of another rower involved in last Thursday’s weather-related tragedy,” North Orlando Rowing said in a Facebook post Saturday.

The lightning struck Sept. 15 as five middle school students were practicing near the North Orlando Rowing Complex in Lake Fairview, Orlando, officials said at the time, although it is unclear whether the lightning struck the vessel or struck nearby.

One student was missing and another was hospitalized immediately after the accident. The body of the missing child was found the next day, according to the Orlando Fire Department. The other three students were treated at the scene and released to their parents.

The identities of the two dead students have not been released.

“The (North Orlando) rowing community is devastated and continues to focus on supporting our affected families and our entire NOR team during this difficult time,” the rowing organization’s post said.

The organization said it is cooperating with local authorities as they investigate the incident.

“We continue to cooperate with local authorities and US Rowing as they investigate the incident. Until the investigation is complete, we are unable to provide further comment,” the post said.

“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from around the world. Please continue to keep our families in your prayers,” North Orlando Rowing said.

In a statement released after the accident, USRowing said it was providing support and remains in contact with state and local authorities regarding an investigation.

CNN has reached out to the Orlando Police Department for comment.

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