Amazing moment siblings struck by lightning as they pose for selfie

Flash photography! Amazing moment cycling siblings are struck by lightning as they posed for selfie under a tree

  • Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson took a selfie while sheltering from heavy rain
  • The siblings were out for a cycle in Surrey when they took shelter under a tree
  • Their selfie captured the moment the three were struck by lightning on Monday
  • Luckily, they escaped with burns and were quickly taken to a Tooting hospital

As the three siblings sheltered from heavy rain under a tree they decided to take some selfies.

But as the camera clicked a lightning bolt struck, creating this astonishing image.

Remarkably, Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson escaped with burns. The trio, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, were on a cycling trip when they were caught in the heavy downpours that hit the South East on Monday.

They took shelter under a tree at Molesey Lock in Surrey, near Hampton Court Palace.

PhD student Isobel, 23, said: ‘The picture of us at the moment the lightning strike happened was at 17.05. I took a picture of us smiling and we then wanted a sad picture in the rain.

As the three siblings sheltered from heavy rain under a tree they decided to take some selfies. But as the camera clicked a lightning bolt struck, creating this astonishing image

Remarkably, Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson escaped with burns. The trio, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, were on a cycling trip when they were caught in the heavy downpours that hit the South East on Monday

‘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.’

Her sister Rachel, 26, added: ‘We were taking the picture with our phone and then the next thing, I was on the ground.

‘My sister and I were screaming. I got burnt on my thigh and stomach and it’s left lightning-like marks on me and my sister.’

The siblings were helped to their feet by passers-by before paramedics arrived to take them to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, with burns. They were discharged hours later, the BBC reported. 

The family were told that a titanium plate in Isobel’s arm – put there after a cycling accident – might have been what led to the lightning striking them. Rachel added: ‘My sister’s arm was very hot, because of the plate.’

A month’s worth of rain fell in less than two hours in London on Monday, causing flash floods that inundated homes and brought transport networks to a halt.

The siblings were helped to their feet by passers-by before paramedics arrived to take them to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, with burns. They were discharged hours later, the BBC reported

The home of Queen guitarist Brian May in Kensington, west London, was among hundreds that were damaged. 

Some – including May – suggested that wealthy areas such as Kensington and Chelsea had been particularly badly affected because of the prevalence of ‘iceberg’ basement extensions under houses which interfere with drainage. The council denied there was a link.

May, 73, who is married to former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, 72, described what he found when he returned home. 

‘The whole bottom floor had been inundated with a sewage overflow – which has covered our carpets, rugs and all kinds of precious (to us) things in a stinking sludge,’ he wrote on Instagram. ‘It’s disgusting, and quite heart-breaking.’

X Factor boss Simon Cowell told MailOnline that his house in Kensington had ‘nearly floated away’. Kensington and Chelsea Council said 120 residents were put up in hotels because of the floods.


A month’s worth of rain fell in less than two hours in London on Monday, causing flash floods that inundated homes and brought transport networks to a halt

Portobello Road, the west London shopping haunt, briefly turned into a river, causing widespread damage to businesses. 

Maida Vale, Ladbroke Grove, Chiswick and Hampstead were among many places badly hit. Roads and stations across the capital were forced to close, affecting train services in the Home Counties. Householders spent much of yesterday salvaging treasured possessions and mementos.

Flooding also struck Dorset, with some saying the area between Bournemouth and Poole had suffered some of its wettest weather in a decade. Several roads were left submerged, forcing some drivers to abandon their vehicles.

In Lancashire, Preston was also hit by flooding. A section of the M6 had to be closed to traffic.

  • A national text alert system that warns people of nearby dangers such as floods, fires and terrorist attacks is due to be rolled out over the summer.

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