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Man rushed to hospital after he is struck by lightning

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SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man has been rushed to the hospital after he was struck by lightning in Sunrise, Friday afternoon.

The man's family said he was at a Fourth of July barbecue when a lightning bolt struck him. Relatives said he fell and rolled into a canal.

Friends and family have identified the man as Michael Hindle. His brother-in-law, Robert Santiago, said he was grilling with Hindle under a tree the moment he was struck. "He was standing here and the lightning just [hit] him, 'Pow!'" said Santiago. "You see all the sparks, the [electricity] coming through him, and he fell straight back, and he slipped into the water."

Santiago said he went to pull his brother-in-law out of the canal when he was knocked off his feet. "He started breathing a little more and trying to talk. He was mumbling, and he couldn't feel his legs," said Santiago.

Paramedics transported Hindle to Broward Health Medical Center, shortly after 3:30 p.m. He remains at the hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

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