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Lightning strike kills man on Siesta Key

Posted: 6:22 PM, Jun 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-25 21:27:42Z
Lightning strike kills person in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, Fla — Sarasota County deputies say a man has died after being struck by lightning on Siesta Key on Sunday. 

Deputies responded to the 6000 block of Midnight Pass Road Sunday at 2:15 p.m. to a report of a person struck by lightning.

Beach lifeguards attempted to help the man, who was later identified as James W. Barton, 37, of Seffner.

Sarasota County Fire Department paramedics transported Barton to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.