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Brother and two sisters struck by lightning as they took selfie under tree

They took three selfies – before the lightning strike, the moment they were hit and as they recovered in hospital

Three siblings escaped death when the tree they were under, sheltering from Monday night’s biblical downpours, was hit by lightning.

Rachel, Isobel and Andrew Jobson were on a bike ride from Maidenhead, Berkshire, when they were caught in the heavy rain near Hampton Court Palace.

They sought refuge under a tree at Molesey Lock and decided to take a couple of selfies. Incredibly one of them caught the moment they were struck.

The sisters have been left with lightning-like marks on their bodies, known as Lichtenberg figures –

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.

‘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.’

The captured the split second that they were hit by lightning (Picture: Mariela Ganeva)
A selfie they took moments before the lightning strike when they were caught in the rain (Picture: Mariela Ganeva)

Her sister Rachel, 26, told the Daily Mail: ‘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.’

Isobel has a titanium plate in her arm, following a previous biking accident, which their family believes may be why they were hit by lightning.

Rachel said: ‘My sister’s arm was very hot because of the plate.’

Witnesses helped the trio up and called for an ambulance. They were taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where they were treated for burns but, as a third selfie shows, they were not seriously hurt.

Thumbs up in hospital where they were treated for burns (Picture: Mariela Ganeva)

The torrential downpour on Monday night caused millions of pounds worth of damage across the South East on Monday evening.

Among those affected was Queen guitarist Brian May who lost sentimental property when his cellar was flooded.

Kensington, Notting Hill and Maida Vale were the worst-hit areas, with shops and homes inundated with water. At one point the famous shopping street Portobello Road looked more like a river.

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