Man on boat killed by lightning strike at Beaver Lake, Arkansas


A man is dead in Benton County after a lightning striked near his boat on Beaver lake. June 14, 2015

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says a man on a boat was killed by a lightning strike on Beaver Lake.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Keshia Guyll told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the 22-year-old man was with his wife on a guided fishing boat when lightning struck about 4 p.m. Saturday. Guyll says the man later died at a Bentonville hospital.

His name was not immediately released.

Guyll says the boat was returning to a marina because it had started raining when the lightning struck.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger Alan Bland says the corps and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are investigating.