Selfie captures moment three siblings struck by lightning while out in storm

Three siblings ended up in hospital after being struck by lightning while taking a selfie.

Rachel, Isobel, and Andrew Jobson suffered burns when decided to take a photo during a thunderstorm on Monday.

The trio, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, had been out cycling when heavy rain forced them to take shelter under a tree near Molesey Lock near Hampton Court Palace in southwest London.

But as they took the snap, they were struck by a lightning bolt – with the shocking moment caught on camera.

They were rushed to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, for treatment before being discharged hours later.

Rachel, 26, said they were cycling from their home to see an aunty in Epsom. Surrey, when they decided to stop for a toilet break.

When she rejoined her brother and sister, they were already under the tree to shelter from the storm.

To mark the occasion, they decided to take a snap before continuing their journey.

"The picture of us at the moment the lightning strike happened was at 17:05," PhD student Isobel, 23, said.

"I took a picture of us smiling and we then wanted a sad picture in the rain.

"All of a sudden I was on the ground and couldn't hear anything apart from this high-pitched buzzing.

"My whole right arm was numb and I couldn't move it."

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Rachel added: "We were taking the picture with our phone and then the next thing, I was on the ground. I felt disjointed. My sister and I were screaming.

"I got burnt on my thigh and stomach and it's left lightning-like marks behind on me and my sister. I couldn't feel my arm."

While all three sustained injuries, Rachel added that brother Andrew was more affected by shock.

They were helped up by passers-by before paramedics took them to hospital.

Doctors told the family they were probably struck because Isobel had a titanium plate in her arm after a cycling accident last year.

"My sister's arm was very hot, because of the plate. Everyone was amazed at what had happened to us," Rachel said.

Large parts of London were hit by thunderstorms earlier this week, with some areas seeing a month's worth of rain in one day and flash floods.

Rachel said they were unsure whether they would resume their trip.

"I still feel a bit light-headed, while my sister's wrist is quite sore," she added.

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