Fifteen-year-old Cameron Poimboeuf doesn’t get overly enthusiastic when you ask him about surviving a lightning strike, and the lack of emotion is easily explained. The teenager doesn’t remember much of anything about the incident.
Poimboeuf and his friend, 18-year-old Jansen Tabor, were running from storms on the beach in Tampa Bay, Fla., last week. The two friends had been playing Pokemon Go on the beach but started to leave once storms came rolling in.
They tried to make it off the beach before the weather got real bad, but that didn’t happen.
“I remember running and then waking up in the sand not being able to move both my legs,” explained Tabor.
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The teens spoke Wednesday to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, about the incident and their recovery.
“I remember playing Pokemon walking on the beach, and then it started storming and we were heading back,” said Poimboeuf.
After that, the memories go black for the teenager. He said the next thing he remembers was waking up in a Tampa Bay hospital. Tabor woke up on the beach after the lightning strike and tried to get his friend’s attention.
“I remember yelling his name and him not responding. I remember I had a stick right beside me and I tried to poke him to see if he was awake, but he wasn’t responding,” said Tabor.
The older teen started yelling for help. Luckily, his cries were heard by beach bystanders. Tabor said the good Samaritans began carrying him off the beach and giving Poimboeuf CPR.
“(It’s) definitely probably the scariest moment of my life. I’m just thankful that those three people were there,” said Tabor.
Poimboeuf said he realizes the situation was hard on his family even though he doesn’t remember most of it.
“It’s still kind of shocking to just wake up and have everyone kind of there, asking how I’m feeling, asking if I’m alright,” the younger teen explained.
He said he still has some marks on his back and has some trouble walking, but for the most part he is OK.
Both Poimboeuf and Tabor are set to attend Providence High School this fall.