Hikers hit by lightning on top of Mt Warning

UPDATE @ 1.00pm: The body of a man who was killed after being struck by lightning on the top of Mount Warning this morning has been brought down from the mountain.

The man, believed to be a tourist, was struck while camping on the summit overnight.

His female companion suffered various neck and head injuries.


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She has since been taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for treatment.

UPDATE Dec 6 2016 @ 0755: A man has been killed and a woman has survived after being struck by lightning on the top of Mount Warning in far north NSW.

NSW police say the couple camped on the summit overnight and were hit by the storm which hammered the area early this morning.

Rescuers on the summit have confirmed the man was killed, they are treating the woman for neck and head injuries.

myGC reporter Jaydan Duck was filming during the height of the lightning display which turned night into daylight just before dawn.

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EARLIER Dec 6 2016 @ 0729: A rescue operation is underway at Mount Warning in far north NSW, where a group of hikers have been hit by lightning during a savage storm which swept through the region early this morning.

NSW Police say at least two people were hit by lightning, but their condition, ages, sexes or nationalities are not know at this stage.

Emergency services were alerted just before 5:00 o’clock, there’s believed to be 3 or 4 people in the group which camped on the summit overnight .

A rescue operation is being co-ordinated by police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and will involve volunteers from the Volunteer Rescue Association and State Emergency Service, as well as NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

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