Boy, 11, struck by lightning at Daytona Beach Shores, officials say

Boy taken to hospital in serious condition

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. – An 11-year-old boy was struck by lightning at Daytona Beach Shores Tuesday, according to officials.

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"This is not (a) typical (thing) that happens on the beach," said Capt. Tammy Marris, of Volusia County Beach Safety & Ocean Rescue.

Local 6 News was told Bowen Tyre and his family were in the area on vacation from Georgia. Bowen was fishing in the water with his father when he was struck.

"I started administering CPR on him. After a couple of rounds of compressions, he started coughing up," said L.J. Kuzmovich, who helped rescue the boy.

Kuzmovich, the owner of Pure Life Surf School, was on the beach with his students and ran over to help. He said that's when an off-duty fireman also jumped in and turned the boy onto his side. The boy then started breathing on his own.

"He had become a little more responsive, he did have a pulse, (but) he's in very serious condition," Marris said.

Bowen was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in serious condition.

Authorities said the outcome could have been much different if it weren't for other beach-goers.

"A small child like that, what are the odds? I mean, the beach is just huge out here," said David Eaton. "I want to help this boy out, make sure that he survives. (I'm) just thinking that if that was my daughter, I'd do everything that I could to make sure that he started breathing."

"You can see the red splotch on top of his head on the right side," said Eaton.

Local 6 spoke to his father who said doctors are assessing him now and his son's well-being is their focus. The news has sent shockwaves through their small town in Georgia.

"To say that we're devastated is an understatement. Fishing at the beach is something that he loved to do," said Tess Lucas to Local 6 over the phone. Lucas and her family were scheduled to arrive to Daytona Beach Shores this weekend, the trip now takes a different focus. 

"We're a small community and when something like this happens it impacts everybody," said Lucas. Bowen's family and friends have taken to social media to send prayers to Orlando where Bowen currently recovers. 

"So, continue to pray, at this point, for this really special little guy," said Lucas.

Lucas said Bowen is avid fisherman and hunter. He has received many accolades, the latest just days ago for leadership skills.

Friends have begun a Facebook page, Prayers for Bowen Tyre and are updating the page with Bowen's status.? According to a Facebook post, Bowen ran a fever Tuesday night but his temperature is now down to 99 degrees. An MRI is scheduled.

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