Richard Butler and Bethany Lott of Tennessee were hiking on Max Patch Bald near Asheville, North Carolina, on Friday, when the pair got struck by lightning. Lott died from the strike. Butler received third degree burns from the strike. Lottâ€™s death was doubly tragic, as Butler had taken her to the spot to surprise her with a marriage proposal and never had a chance to pop the question before the lightning intervened. Both Butler and emergency crews attempted to resuscitate her, to no avail.
Bethany Lottâ€™s death reminds us that we need to take care when there is lighning. According to the National Weather Service there have already been four lightning deaths in 2010, not including Miss Lottâ€™s The National Weather Service offers a series of safety tips to avoid death or serious injury from lightning strikes. One important tip â€“ â€œIf you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance.â€ For what to do to say lightning safe, check out their website.
Here are a few tips of my own for those who are planning to attempt romantic marriage proposals:
1 - If youâ€™re on your way to propose to your girlfriend on a mountaintop, donâ€™t ask God for a last minute sign to know if sheâ€™s really â€œthe one.â€
2 - Just to be on the safe side, don't propose on a mountaintop for any reason.