Three siblings in the United Kingdom were clicking a selfie while taking shelter from the rain under a tree when they were struck by lightning. The moment was captured on camera.
Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson were cycling near Hampton Court Palace in south-west London on Monday when it started raining heavily. They immediately took shelter under a tree. As they snapped a selfie, a lightning bolt hit them.
"The picture of us at the moment the lightning strike happened was at 17:05. I took a picture of us smiling and we then wanted a sad picture in the rain. All of a sudden I was on the ground and couldn't hear anything apart from this high-pitched buzzing. My whole right arm was numb and I couldn't move it," Isobel told BBC.
Rachel also recalled the incident and said, "We were taking the picture with our phone and then the next thing, I was on the ground. I felt disjointed. My sister and I were screaming.
"I got burnt on my thigh and stomach and it's left lightning-like marks behind on me and my sister. I couldn't feel my arm."
A passerby immediately rushed them to a local hospital with burn injuries. They were discharged hours later.
It is believed that a titanium plate in Isobel's arm following an accident last year could have led to the lightning surging through their bodies.
"My sister's arm was very hot, because of the plate. Everyone was amazed at what had happened to us," Rachel recalled.
She went on to say that she "still feel a bit light-headed, while my sister's wrist is quite sore."
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents stated that about 30 to 60 people on an average are struck by lightning each year in the UK, with an average of three deaths.