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A nine-year-old boy was struck by lightning and killed during soccer practice after the weather suddenly changed.
Jordan Banks was struck by lightning on May 11 while attending football practice on the Common Edge pitches in Blackpool while his stepfather watched.
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An investigation at Blackpool City Hall Wednesday, which Jordan’s family did not attend, found that the weather had changed in the last ten minutes of the one-on-one training session.
Coroner Alan Wilson said, “It was an extremely rare event. Although the weather has changed, it has changed very rapidly and there doesn’t seem to be an obvious reason why Jordan was struck by lightning.
Wilson, who taped a short narrative conclusion, said he intends to write to the government’s Department of Sports, Media, Digital Media and Culture and bring the matter to their attention.
He said: “If a reminder is issued of the risk that lightning can pose and the risk of recurrence is somehow minimized, it would be a good thing to prevent another family from experiencing this kind of tragedy.”
He thanked the family for their “dignity and courage” in donating Jordan’s organs.
The investigation found that Jordan’s stepfather Daniel Begg was watching Jordan train on the field on School Road in his car when lightning struck just before 5pm.
Wilson said: “Unfortunately, he reports that he saw lightning in Jordan and immediately fell to the ground.”
Soccer coach Daniel Stenton, who completed the training session with Jordan, said in eyewitness testimony that they decided to end the training session when the thunder started.
He said: “Suddenly I felt something. I can’t explain it, but he made me put my hands on my head.
Emma Gleeson was waiting to take her son to train when she saw lightning in Jordan, she heard the court.
In a statement, Ms. Gleeson, who called an ambulance, said she saw Jordan fall to the ground and Mr. Begg ran towards him.
She said, “Daniel (Begg) was clearly thinking the same thing as me and said, ‘He’s gone, he’s gone.’
The investigation also heard testimony from physician Sharon Riley-Clarke, who said she and her colleague shortly after a sudden “loud and clear”. Violent lightning bolts ”were called in the vicinity of the crime scene.
She said when they arrived at 5:01 pm she saw Mr. Begg crouched in the field above Jordan and called her, “He’s not breathing.”
She added: “He took her in his arms and ran towards us.”
The forensic court heard that Jordan arrived at Blackpool Victoria Hospital at around 5:30 pm. but he was pronounced dead at 5:55 pm.
Pediatrician consultant Dr. Kate Goldberg said the death was caused by cardiac arrest following direct lightning.
Wilson said: “All the evidence suggests that once Jordan was struck by lightning, he could no longer survive.”
The investigation heard a statement from Met Office scientist Alan Day, who said potential thunderstorms were forecast, but no severe weather warnings were issued as the overall risk dropped below required levels.
Footballers and MPs were among those who paid tribute to Jordan after his death, with the Liverpool side donning jerseys in his name to warm up a match against Manchester United.