One Dead After Two Women Struck by Lightning on Crane Beach

Crane Beach

Update, Monday, 12:12 p.m.: A Connecticut woman has died after being struck by lighting on Ipswich’s Crane Beach on Saturday.

Marguerite Tomany died as a result of her injuries, the Ipswich Police Department announced on Monday. The 61-year-old was a resident of North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. The second woman who was struck, who has not yet been identified, remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Original story: Ipswich police report that two women were struck by lightning on Crane Beach yesterday.

Ipswich police said that the victims, one 69-year-old woman from Concord and one 61-year-old woman from North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., had no pulse when rescuers arrived at the beach. The women’s heartbeats were restored by paramedics. They were initially taken to Beverly Hospital, but were transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital’s burn unit last night and were listed in critical condition.


“Both patients were found to be in cardiac arrest when we arrived,’’ said Action Ambulance spokesperson Mike Woronka. “They both had pulses when they arrived at Beverly Hospital.’’

Ipswich police said no other injuries were reported yesterday.

An earlier tweet from Action had reported two children were struck by lightning.

“The original reporter had said they were 6 or 7-year-olds instead of 60 or 70-year-olds,’’ said Woronka.

Severe storms Saturday brought strong winds, lightning, and heavy rain to several Massachusetts counties. A microburst — a sudden, powerful air current — with damaging winds between 80 and 90 miles per hour was reported in Ipswich, according to The National Weather Service.

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