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The nurse from Pennsylvania gave CPR to the most injured of the two teens from Charlotte.
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The nurse from Pennsylvania gave CPR to the most injured of the two teens from Charlotte.

A Matthews teenager is out of the hospital and a Charlotte teen’s condition continues to improve, after the friends were struck by lightning on a beach in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon.

Jansen Tabor, 18, was released from Tampa General Hospital on Thursday. Cameron Poimboeuf, 15, was listed in good condition on Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Poimboeuf went into cardiac arrest after the lightning struck him and was hospitalized in critical condition. A nurse from Pennsylvania found him face down in the sand and unconscious. She and others performed CPR. The lightning struck Jansen Tabor’s right leg, causing temporary paralysis, his mother said.

Tabor appeared at the Clearwater Police Department on Friday for a ceremony where police presented “Good Samaritan” awards to three vacationers who performed CPR on Poimboeuf until paramedics arrived.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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