According to the Daily Mail, Leilson de Souza (36 years old), was leading hikers through a trail in Tijuca National Park, in Rio de Janeiro city (Brazil) on the morning of November 19, recently. accident happened.
The female tourist swinging with Leilson, Karlla Araújo (26 years old), was holding up her phone to take a selfie video when she accidentally recorded a haunting moment.
Leilson de Souza has been a tour guide for hikers in Rio de Janeiro for 10 years.
It shows the group standing on a large rock. Karlla smiled happily, raising her hands in a gesture as if she was extremely relaxed and enjoying the beautiful scenery on the top of the mountain. Then a loud sound could be heard. The woman screams in fear before the video ends. That sound was lightning passing by. It took Leilson’s life in an instant.
Karlla told Brazilian online news outlet G1 that Leilson told the group it would rain in the afternoon. Because the weather changed quickly, they could continue hiking without worry.
The moment Karlla was startled by the thunderclap. That was also when Leilson was struck by lightning.
Leilson, who has been organizing tours for the past 10 years, decided to take the two-hour hike to the top of the mountain. In the middle of the trip, it started to rain.
“He asked us if we wanted to continue and everyone agreed to continue,” Karlla said. “He said we could go to the top of the mountain and see the sunshine.”
Rescue teams immediately reached the scene by plane, but Leilson died before medical staff arrived.
Leilson de Souza was standing on a rock when he was struck by lightning in Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro. He was declared dead at the scene.
The hikers’ trip ended in tragedy.
“At that time, we were completely desperate. I wanted to go down but at the same time I was afraid, because there could be more lightning strikes,” Karlla said.
Leilson enjoys hiking and is studying environmental management at university. One of his most outstanding achievements is climbing Dedo dec Deus, a nearly 1,700m high mountain in Serra dos Órgãos National Park in Rio de Janeiro in June 2023.
One of Leilson’s siblings, Leonado Barros, told Brazilian news agency Globo that the family still cannot come to terms with the fact that Leilson was killed by lightning.
“At the time, we didn’t believe it. We never could have imagined this would happen,” Leonado said. “He is an excellent person, he is always enthusiastic about doing everything for everyone.”
Leilson informed hikers that there was a possibility of rain during the trek through Tijuca National Park.
Froilanis Rivas, a 34-year-old mother of two, died last Tuesday (November 14) after being struck by lightning on a beach in the town of Barranquilla, Colombia.
The Venezuelan woman was standing on the beach when she was startled and fell into the sand. Froilanis went into cardiac arrest and was taken to a local hospital. Doctors attempted to resuscitate Froilanis before she was pronounced dead.
In September, a Mexican woman was also killed by lightning on a beach in Michoacán, Mexico.
Elvia de Jesús was walking behind her husband after they emerged from the sea when she was struck by lightning in the Maruata beach area. She and another victim were determined to have died at the scene.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows at least 40 million lightning strikes to the ground in the US each year. The chance of being struck by lightning each year is less than one in a million, and at least 90% of victims are lucky to survive.
Data from the US National Weather Service shows that in 2023, 13 people were killed by lightning in the country, including 3 people who died while boating and swimming.
Source: Daily Mail