The bright light shows how close Ethan came to serious injury just off camera

The bright light shows how close Ethan came to serious injury just off camera
This is the terrifying moment a teenager escaped a lightning bolt strike by inches in the middle of a fierce thunderstorm.

Liverpool-born mum Elaine Riozzi-Bodine says her son Ethan is being hailed a 'walking miracle' after his dice with death near their house in New Jersey, USA.

Mrs Riozzi-Bodine, 47, said that the 16-year-old lad had been walking home along the seafront when a bolt of lightning hit the ground beside him.

Ethan was thrown off his feet as a jolt ran through the ground and then up his body.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors were stunned to discover he was completely uninjured.


The youngster swiftly became something of a celebrity among the curious medical staff keen to visit him in his recovery room.

She said: "Ethan's a lifeguard, and was coming home from a lifeguard tournament when the chain came off his bike, so he got off to fix it."

"He thought he would get some cool footage of the storm that had just hit," she continued. "There were a couple of strikes over the ocean, then one struck within a foot of him.

"He received an electric pulse through the ground, and he got thrown backwards.

"I'd been frantically trying to get hold of him as he should have been home. My sons say I worry too much, but I always want to know where they are during storms.

"He called back and said, 'Mum, I was just struck by lightning'. He was really frightened and on his own.

Mum Elaine says Ethan is being hailed as a 'walking miracle' now

Mum Elaine says Ethan is being hailed as a 'walking miracle' now
"I think he's extremely lucky, which I'm not sure he really understands. The fact he had no injuries, and that he was holding a phone - he was lucky he didn't lose his hand.

"The doctors couldn't believe it. One said he was a walking miracle, and they all wanted to see the boy who had been struck by lightning.

"They ran tests and everything came back normal, except for the levels of the creatine-kinase enzyme - which came back higher, indicating he'd received an electric pulse.

"But they said to take him home and make him drink lots of water."