Horrified stepdad of boy, 9, struck by lightning screamed hes gone

An inquest heard the tragic details surrounding the death of young Jordan Banks who was killed on a playing field in Blackpool when he was struck by lightning.

Jordan's step-dad, Daniel Begg, screamed "he's gone, he's gone" moments after the nine-year-old was struck and ran towards paramedics carrying his boy.

Coroner Alan Wilson told the hearing that the incident was an “extremely rare occurrence” with “no obvious reason” behind it, reports The Mirror.

Jordan was enjoying a one-on one football coaching session just before 5pm on the Common Edge playing fields in Blackpool on May 11 with his step-dad watching on from his car.

The inquest at Blackpool Town Hall was told how the weather changed during the last ten minutes of the training session.

Witness Emma Gleeson, who was waiting to take her son to a training session described seeing a flash of lightning strike Jordan.

Ms Gleeson, who called an ambulance, described seeing Jordan fall to the floor and his step-dad run to him.

She said: “Daniel (Begg) clearly was thinking the same thing I was thinking and was saying: ‘He’s gone, he’s gone’.”

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Coroner Mr Wilson said: “This was an extremely rare occurrence. Although the weather had changed, it had changed very quickly and there appears to be no obvious reason why Jordan was struck by lightning.”

Mr Wilson, who recorded a short narrative conclusion, said he planned to write to the Government’s department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and bring the matter to its attention.

He said: “If a reminder about the risk lightning can pose is circulated and this somehow minimises the risk that this could occur again then that would be positive and avoid another family having to go through this sort of tragedy.”

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He thanked the family, who did not attend the inquest, for their “dignity and courage” in choosing to donate Jordan’s organs.

Football coach Daniel Stenton, who was taking the session with Jordan, said in a witness statement they had decided to finish the training session when thunder started.

He said: “All of a sudden I felt something. I can’t begin to explain it but it made me put my hands on my head.”

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The inquest also heard a statement from paramedic Sharon Riley-Clarke, who said she and her colleague were called to the scene after they witnessed a “loud and violent” sudden lightning strike nearby.

She said when they arrived she saw Mr Begg crouched over Jordan in the field and he shouted to them: “He’s not breathing.”

She added: “He picked him up in his arms and was running to us.”

Consultant paediatrician Dr Kate Goldberg said the death was due to cardiac arrest following a direct lightning strike.

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The inquest heard a statement from Met Office scientist Alan Day, who said possible thunderstorms had been forecast but no severe weather warning was issued as the overall risk fell below the levels required.

Footballers and MPs were among those who paid tribute to Jordan following his death, with the Liverpool team wearing shirts with his name on to warm up for a match against Manchester United.

Lancashire police have also named one of their horses ‘Banks’ after the youngster.

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