Last week, an Indonesian security guard proved that he was both the luckiest and unluckiest guy on the job site. Lightning struck the security guard as he was patrolling a courtyard. However, he was able to walk away from the shocking incident. He probably doesn’t need to be reminded how fortunate he is to survive the strike.
According to The New York Post, lightning struck the security guard on December 20th. 35-year-old Abdul Rosyid was doing his job in a rainy courtyard in Cilincing in North Jakarta, Indonesia when it happened. In the jaw-dropping video below, we see CCTV footage of Rosyid minding his own business. Then, suddenly, his umbrella explodes into a shower of sparks and light fills the camera’s view. When the footage comes back into focus a split-second later, the guard is laying on the ground and struggling to get up.
After being struck by lightning, the security guard had trouble getting to his feet. However, his co-workers immediately ran to his aid. Shortly thereafter, they rushed Rosyid to the hospital. There, he discovered just how lucky he was.
The lightning struck the security guard with enough power to vaporize his umbrella. However, that might have saved him. In the end, he sustained several burns to his hand. Medical professionals discharged him after a four-day hospital stay.
Analyzing the Luck of the Security Guard Who Was Struck By Lightning
First, let’s look at just how lucky the security guard was to survive being struck by lightning. According to the National Weather Service, 270 people were struck by lightning in the US between 2008-2018. 27, or ten percent, of those people died as a direct result of the incident. The other 243 walked away with various levels of injuries.
After being struck by lightning, security guard Rosyid only had burns on his hands. However, other symptoms may present themselves in the future. For example, the National Weather Service states that lightning strikes can cause concussion-like symptoms in survivors. Additionally, long-term effects include memory problems, slow reaction time, chronic pain due to nerve damage, and personality changes among other neurological issues. Hopefully, Mr. Rosyid will only have to contend with the scars on his hand in the future.
Now, how unlucky does one have to be to get struck by lightning? Pretty unlucky. In a given year, the odds of being struck are 1 in 1,222,000. However, those odds get higher when you look at a longer span of time. Your odds of a lightning strike over a lifetime is 1 in 15,300. The National Weather Service estimates the human life span at 80 years.
Abdul Rosyid got incredibly lucky when the lightning hit his umbrella. However, don’t expect that to save your bacon in a storm. Remember, the safest place to be when storms bring lightning is indoors.