Traffic cameras captured a large white flash before the man, identified only by his surname Han, is seen falling backwards

Traffic cameras captured a large white flash before the man, identified only by his surname Han, is seen falling backwards
Shocking footage shows the moment a Chinese fisherman was killed by a bolt of lightning while on his boat.

The man, who has only been identified by his surname Han, had been standing on his boat in Suzhou, eastern China, when he was killed in the freak accident.

Traffic cameras captured a large white flash before the fisherman is seen falling backwards on his boat.

Han's boat was among many docked near a bridge in the district of Wujiang, Jiangsu Province, during the storm, which brought large amounts of rainfall and thunder.

Despite the risk, locals said they had not expected the lightning strike which killed Han.


One witness, who was driving across the bridge at the time of the accident, said: 'The fisherman was standing at the front end of his boat when he was hit by lightning.

'It was silent and came very suddenly.'

Paramedics arrived at the scene minutes later and rushed Han to hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.

Initial reports claimed that Han was cooking a meal on his boat before he was struck by the lightning bolt.

It is unclear whether he had been using any electrical appliances that might have attracted the lightning.