A 36-year-old mother of one was killed in front of her family when she was struck by lightning on a Brazilian beach.
In the first picture we may notice a woman heading towards the water with outstretched arms to warn her 11-year-old son to get out of the water because of the gathering storm overhead. The next image captures the lightning streaking down.
A white Mitsubishi pickup hides the exact moment of electricity discharge striking the victim. As she stepped into the water she was hit by a single bolt of lightning.
The next pictures show the tragic outcome.
Three men, including the victim’s husband (in white swimming trucks), drag her lifeless body onto the beach.
According to Rosângela's husband, his wife had gone to tell his son and nephews, who were swimming in the sea, to get out because of the bad weather.
“The weather started to close in and we decided to leave. I was putting our bags into the car, and the kids were on the beach.
“The next minute my wife was lying on the floor. I received a mild shock,” said a distraught Leandro Lopes Santos.
The victim’s brother Elias Biavati noted that all happened in a second, and he saw his late sister had been already lying on the ground and people were trying to revive her by massaging her heart.
According to Biavati, another sister who was standing near to Roseangela when the lightning struck received a black eye.
“We are in a state of shock. My brother-in-law is devastated by the sudden death of his wife. We can’t believe how it happened – it could have been any one of us,” the victim’s brother said.A total of 13 members, all from the same family, had gone to the beach for the day. They arrived at midday but by 3 p.m. the sunny weather had changed as storm clouds gathered and the weather became overcast and the atmosphere heavy.
Café owner Arionaldo Garrido, who was on the beach, said he quickly realised something was wrong:
“We had taken our tables inside because we could see a storm was coming. Several rays had already flashed across the sky and streaked down,” he recalled.
“Suddenly we heard a loud bang and saw several people running. We knew that something terrible had happened. It's a real tragedy for the family who have lost a wife and mother.”