Man Gets Struck by Lightning…Again

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LAMAR TOWNSHIP -- A man is recovering after he was struck by lightning Friday night in Clinton County and it wasn't the first time.

The old saying goes "lightning doesn't strike the same place twice." Clearly, whoever came up with that hadn't met Jim Lamey of Mackeyville, who was struck by lightning this past Friday, six years after the first time it happened.

"The next thing I knew, I woke up and I was in my chair," Lamey said.

As the rain started coming down Sunday, the 58 year old took us inside his home near Lock Haven, out of extra precaution, to show us where he was doing the dishes when he was struck by lightning on Friday.

"I was just doing my thing here and next thing I know, I don't even know how I got from here to there," he said.

Lamey now shakes from the lightning strikes.

"Once, you wouldn't think it would happen to you. Twice, totally out of sight."

The first time Lamey was struck, he was inside taking a shower. Thankfully, his son Jason was right nearby to save him from drowning.

"It just rattled the whole house. Hard thud and then there was the after thud which was my father hitting the tub," Jason Lamey said.

Lamey was taken to the hospital both times. This time, he was treated for blisters and burns on his stomach, burns that he still feels days after it happened.

"The burning, the pain it feels like today, it's burning from the inside coming out."

Surviving both lightning strikes is no easy feat. In fact, his family says the scars are a point of pride--or better yet, luck.

"I said, 'Maybe you better go enter the lottery. You might win,'" said his daughter-in-law Missy Rugh.


  • Sue

    I was struck by lightening 13 years ago. It broke through the basement window and I got stuck to the washing machine. Scariest moments of my life. Fortunately I was pulled off, but to this day, something happens to my body when lightening strikes ….

  • Warren Searfoss

    got hit three times no big deal twice in one day leaving the garage to go into the house… lightning hit the field outside as I was closing the garage door..I waited for it to calm down and when I tried to leave again it hit again outside and traveled to me and the last time i was closing a spigot when it hit outside and knock me away from the spigot

    • MisterPL

      I gave you an upvote if only because you’re one of the few people here who can actually spell “lightning.”

    • TinyBubbles

      …yes, that’s what I was thinking. It ranks right up there with not using electrical appliances in the bath or shower.

  • Unbelievable

    1: Why is there a photo from the ED treatment area? I assume it was taken by one of the hillbilly relatives.
    2: You learn from birth to stay away from water when there’s lightening.
    3: Put a shirt on when you know the news will be interviewing you. He did finally put one on.
    4: You can’t fix stupid.

  • BOB

    The first thing you are taught as a kid when a storm is around, is not to take a shower and stay out of the water in the sink (and some others), yet both times he was doing something he shouldn’t have been doing. Yes I know, storms roll in quickly, but in this day and age you have access to the weather very easily and I don’t want to hear the crap he didn’t know it was coming. He’s lucky he survived. And he wasn’t actually hit by lightening, it traveled through the water when lightening hit his house or around his house.

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