(LOS ANGELES) — It’s now clear how a 20-year-old man died last weekend after a rare lightning strike at California’s Venice Beach.
An autopsy confirmed on Thursday that Nick Fagnano was electrocuted when a bolt of lightning struck the ocean water. He was swimming when the lightning hit, electrifying the water.
Fagnano was with a group of friends before the incident occurred on Sunday. They were about to leave Venice Beach but his friends say Fagnano went back in the water to rinse sand off his feet.
After the lightning strike, he was missing for about an hour before lifeguards found him.
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