Lightening strike hurts two policemen on duty

Two police officers on duty in northern Costa Rica suffered injuries Monday when lightning struck nearby.

The two were identified as Danilo Quesada Sancho and Esteban Chávez Sirias, both members of the Unidad de Intervención Policial. The location is a police control point at Agua Dulce en Barra de Colorado.

They were evacuated by the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea of the security ministry.

Both men were in stable condition in Hospital México, the ministry said. The two officers were with others at the police facility when the lightning struck. They were the most seriously injured. One was working the radio and the other was on the telephone line, said the ministry.

Workers constructing a power line to Agua Dulce gave assistance, the ministry said. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is trying to provide power to the entire northern area along the Río San Juan.

Residents said that the area received heavy rain since noon Sunday.

The ministry said that one of the officers had problems moving his arms and legs. One officer suffered second-degree burns, the ministry said.

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