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Father of bride struck by lightning during ceremony; in 2015 “lucky man” was rescued from Falklands' waters

Thursday, July 13th 2017 - 18:46 UTC
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“And just as I told my new son-in-law 'You're a lucky guy' - Boom!” Nadeau told  CBC. Aside from a small scar on his thumb, he was unscathed “And just as I told my new son-in-law 'You're a lucky guy' - Boom!” Nadeau told CBC. Aside from a small scar on his thumb, he was unscathed
“I had the microphone and the shock jumped into the sound system and my hand just lit up and I saw the spark,” he told the CBC. “I had the microphone and the shock jumped into the sound system and my hand just lit up and I saw the spark,” he told the CBC.
In November 2015 some 347 passengers and crew were rescued from the stranded French cruise Le Boreal close to East Falkland In November 2015 some 347 passengers and crew were rescued from the stranded French cruise Le Boreal close to East Falkland

No one likes a dull wedding, but one father-of-the-bride's speech was a little too electrifying at his daughter's ceremony last weekend. JP Nadeau was reportedly struck by lightning mid-sentence in his apple orchard in New Brunswick, Canada. But this was not the first time Nadeau faces the challenge of death, in 2015 he was air rescued from a crippled French cruise vessel in Falklands' waters.

 “And just as I told my new son-in-law 'You're a lucky guy' - Boom!” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Aside from a small scar on his thumb, Mr. Nadeau says he was unscathed and the wedding proceeded.

Storm clouds had gathered behind him at the ceremony on 8 July, he said, and his daughter saw lightning strike the ground nearby.

“I had the microphone and the shock jumped into the sound system and my hand just lit up and I saw the spark,” he told the CBC.

“And I'm looking at my hand and it's all flared up… It was like I was holding a lightning bolt in my hand, it was amazing.”

Everyone was stunned at first, but that didn't stop the happy couple from continuing with the festivities. “It was a beautiful wedding,” Mr. Nadeau's wife, Maggy Thomas, told the CBC. “But that was pretty terrifying for a second.”

Mr. Nadeau says he's a lucky-unlucky man - in 2015, a cruise ship he was working on near the Falkland Islands caught fire, and he was rescued by the British Royal Air Force. “I've had lots of brushes with death,” said Mr. Nadeau. “But death keeps ignoring me.”

In effect British forces based on the Falkland Islands prevented a “human tragedy” when they helped evacuate a French cruise ship crippled by major engine room fire. All 347 passengers and crew were rescued from Le Boreal, which had lost power and was in danger of grounding on East Falkland.

Two Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters and two other support helicopters winched 79 people from the deck of the ship and from two life rafts in the water. They were taken to the British forces base at Mount Pleasant, where they received clothing, food and medical attention. Many were later hosted at Falklands' homes.

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  • Clyde15

    M1833

    What are you talking about. Have I misread this article?. The tasks of being struck by lightning was carried out by Vernet? Was he a passenger on Dr.Who's Tardis ?

    Jul 14th, 2017 - 08:58 am +1
  • Clyde15

    M1833

    I still do not understand what you are talking about. I think your references are too obscure.

    What has Vernet got to do with........

    1) A man struck by lightning in Canada last week, and

    2) Being rescued by the RAF off the Falklands in 2015.

    Explain !

    Jul 14th, 2017 - 04:04 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    I guess he either means Vernet carried out weddings, or he was struck by lightning, or he rescued cruise passengers using a helicopter. Maybe all three? He must have been a busy man.

    Jul 14th, 2017 - 05:53 pm +1
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