Taitung angler's genitals struck by lightning
The China Post news staff
April 17, 2008, 12:00 am TWN
TAITUNG, Taiwan -- An angler's genitals were struck by lightning while he was fishing yesterday morning at a reef on Green Island, located off Taiwan's coast in the eastern county of Taitung, according to coastal patrol policemen.
The angler, 47 and named Chen Ming-wen, was fishing at a reef off the Nanliao Bank of the Green Island, when a bolt of lightning — attracted by the fishing pole he was holding — struck, running down to his privates.
Soon after being informed of the accident at 8:55 a.m. that morning, firemen rushed to the spot and sent Chen to a nearby clinic for emergency medical treatment.
Coastal patrol policemen then sent Chen to Mackay Memorial Hospital for further treatment,
Doctors said that Chen had some 20 percent of his body burnt, and remained conscious, adding that they would conduct further examinations to see if Chen's sex ability is undermined or not.
Weathermen said that as the thunderstorm would linger in Taitung area, people had better not expose themselves to the open space.
Meanwhile, a veteran angler said fishing men should be aware that the general fiber-carbon fishing pole can conduct electricity.