Man ready to kiteboard again after being struck by lightning
Father, son at Vilano Beach when lightning hit 39-year-old
The day after he got struck by lightning, Falk Weltzein and his son checked the wind conditions, ready to go kiteboarding again.
"I'm just glad to be alive and hoping that I would get better so that I can kite again with my son. He's my kiting partner," Weltzein said.
He doesn't remember what happened to him Monday, but is 14-year-old son, Kai, sure does.
Kai said he was helping his dad fasten his kiteboarding harness at Vilano Beach when lightning hit him.
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"I just saw a big white flash, and then I looked over at my dad and I started screaming his name, and I started running after the kite," Kai said. "And then I put it down, and then these people started running over to them and I was like, 'Call 911,' and everything."
Several people rushed over to help.
"Anytime somebody goes -- actually goes down and collapses, it helps so much when somebody nearby actually knows CPR. It really can save lives," said Dr. Richard Westenbarger, of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.
And it did thanks to Kate Colton, a registered nurse who was walking on the beach collecting sharks teeth with her husband at the time. Colton said Weltzein was turning blue and foaming at the mouth, so she turned him on his back and started CPR.
Colton said she thought Weltzein was gone, but her training and quick thinking helped save the 39-year-old's life.
Weltzein said he has burns all over his body, but doctors say he's going to be just fine.
"As an athlete, I'm ready for sports. There's always something happening," Weltzein said.
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