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Seven people have been rescued after their 39-foot boat was struck by lightning in Florida

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Seven people were rescued by the Coast Guard on Saturday after their boat ran out of power after a lightning strike that left them stranded 100 miles from Clearwater, Florida.

Boat owner Glenn Rumer was with local fishing charter captain Joshua Guy, his partner Megan Chaple, who is six months pregnant, and local businesswoman Tonya Albritton, as well as three others when the strike happened.

The group took part in a fishing tournament in the Gulf of Mexico.

A video shot aboard the boat shows Rumer and a passenger smiling at the camera just before lightning struck.

As the bolt hits the ship, screams are heard as sparks fly behind Rumer and the other skipper. One can hear someone say, ‘Oh my God!’

A Coast Guard video shows elements of the rescue, with a person in a basket being flown to a Coast Guard station Clearwater MH-60 helicopter.

The video then shows that person and others being hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter.

The boat’s owner, Glenn Rumer, told DailyMail.com that the group was participating in the Old Salt Foundation fishing tournament when they were struck.

Rumer said, “It was a beautiful day and we caught the winning fish.”

He said they left at 2 a.m. for the three-hour boat trip to where the tournament was taking place.

Rumer said, “Normally we fish for 4 hours and then come in to weigh in. I’ve been doing this for the past three years and have had winners on the boat in the past.”

After the strike, Rumer said they had lost all electricity and engines.

The boat’s owner, Glenn Rumer, told DailyMail.com that the group was participating in the Old Salt Foundation fishing tournament when they were hit.

The Coast Guard video shows the group in good spirits on the water just before the lightning strike

The Coast Guard video shows the group in good spirits on the water just before the lightning strike

A party member said one of the Coast Guard rescue teams said he had never heard of lightning strike a moving boat

A party member said one of the Coast Guard rescue teams said he had never heard of lightning strike a moving boat

The Coast Guard received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon Alert (EPIRB), from there authorities were able to contact Rumer’s wife who informed them that her husband was participating in a fishing tournament.

The group immediately turned off the radio beacon after realizing they were stranded, Rumer said. From there, it took the Coast Guard about two hours to reach them.

Rumer told us, ‘We were all scared. But I kept my cool until we saw the US Coast Guard. I did my best to keep everyone calm. Even in gusts of 30-35 miles per hour and over 50 lightning strikes around us lasting at least 30 minutes.”

He added: “The USCG showed me where we were during the storm and we were the center of the storm’s heart.”

Tonya Albritton, the owner of Sea Spook Baits, a bait specialty store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, identified herself as the person in the basket in a Facebook post.

Tonya Albritton, the owner of Sea Spook Baits, a bait specialty store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, identified herself as the person in the basket in a Facebook post.

Elements of the rescue were shown in the Coast Guard video as they hoisted the crew members aboard their rescue helicopter

Elements of the rescue were shown in the Coast Guard video as they hoisted the crew members aboard their rescue helicopter

Tonya Albritton, the owner of Sea Spook Baits, a specialty bait store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, identified herself as the person in the basket in a Facebook post

Tonya Albritton, the owner of Sea Spook Baits, a specialty bait store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, identified herself as the person in the basket in a Facebook post

Group members appear to be smiling as others are brought aboard the rescue helicopter

Group members appear to be smiling as others are brought aboard the rescue helicopter

None of the parties suffered serious injuries, the Coast Guard said in their press release.  They were greeted by relatives when they reached the shore

None of the parties suffered serious injuries, the Coast Guard said in their press release. They were greeted by relatives when they reached the shore

Rumer told DailyMail.com that he now feels “tired and blessed.”

He added: “God is real and watching us all and happy that all my friends and family are okay.”

Another party member, Joshua Guy, expressed a similar sentiment when DailyMail.com contacted him.

Guy said, “When you’re about to die, you’re going to enjoy the points and the timeframe of the moment right now.” He pondered the possibility that he might never have seen his son again and stressed the importance of spending time with loved ones.

Guy, who is a charter captain but only helped out on the ship, also said: ‘All I want to say to anyone on the planet who is going to sail is how important EPIRB is. Nothing saved us but EPIRB.’

He continued, “While I’m talking to you now, we’d still be waiting on the water for someone to rescue us.”

The boat owner said, “We were all scared.  But I kept my cool until we saw the US Coast Guard.  I did my best to keep everyone calm.  Even in 30-35 mph winds and over 50 lightning strikes around us lasting at least 30 minutes

The boat owner said, “We were all scared. But I kept my cool until we saw the US Coast Guard. I did my best to keep everyone calm. Even in 30-35 mph winds and over 50 lightning strikes around us lasting at least 30 minutes

The boat's owner, Glenn Rumer, pictured here with Meghan Chaple, who was also on board when lightning struck

The boat’s owner, Glenn Rumer, pictured here with Meghan Chaple, who was also on board when lightning struck

On Facebook, Tonya Albritton, pictured here, wrote: “Thank God and the Coast Guard and our captain for preparing.  I live today

On Facebook, Tonya Albritton, pictured here, wrote: “Thank God and the Coast Guard and our captain for preparing. I live today

Joshua Guy expressed to DailyMail.com the importance of having an EPIRB on board when sailing

Joshua Guy expressed to DailyMail.com the importance of having an EPIRB on board while sailing

On Facebook, Tonya Albritton wrote: “Thank God and the Coast Guard and our captain for preparing. I live today.’

She wrote in the comments that the Coast Guard sergeant told her that in his 40 years of rescue operations, he had never seen a lightning strike on a moving boat at sea.

Neither side suffered serious injuries, the Coast Guard said in their press release. When they reached the shore, they were greeted by relatives.

The boat, a 39-foot Stamus yacht, was towed back to shore on Sunday.

Coast Guard Lt. David McKinley said in the statement, “Lightning storms are a regular occurrence in Florida’s marine environment and can pose a significant hazard to boaters.”

He added: ‘Fortunately, in this case, the skippers were well prepared with all the necessary safety equipment, including an EPIRB, flares and a VHF radio to ensure a quick and efficient rescue.’

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