We all probably have been told countless times by our parents on what not to do during stormy weather, such as standing underneath a tree or wade inside a river to avoid electrocution.
Now, it seems there’s another activity to avoid doing amid a storm, and that is using your earphones when there’s lightning outside.
18yo M’sian struck by lightning while using earphones
This unusual occurrence took place in Kampung Pinchong, Pos Gob in Gua Musang, where an 18-year-old Orang Asli named Mazlan Roslan teen got struck by lightning while listening to music with his earphones on Sunday (July 23).
Harian Metro reported that as a result of the electrocution, he has experienced frequent bouts of fainting and loss of mobility as he was unable to stand on his feet for the past two days.
As such, the Air Unit of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) had to deploy a helicopter to send the teen to the Gua Musang Hospital (HGM) for further treatment.
Public Relations Officer of JBPM’s Central Region Subang Base Mohd Hasrizal Kamaruzzaman told the Malay daily that the teen was transported to HGM via n Agusta Westland 139 (AW139) aircraft.
“The aircraft departed from the airbase at 4pm and arrived in Kampung Pinchong at 5.38pm. The patient was conscious but needed to be carried to the helicopter as he was unable to stand.
“It was also understood that he had been losing consciousness frequently since the incident two days ago,” he said.
Mohd Hasrizal added that the helicopter arrived at the Gua Musang Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) at 5.55pm, where they were greeted by Ministry of Health personnel who were already waiting to take the teen to HGM.
The aircraft then left and landed safely back at the Subang airbase at 7pm despite rainy weather in Raub.
So the next time you’re about to plug in those earphones during a thunderstorm, better think twice!