Briton dies ‘after being struck by lightning while paddleboarding in Greece’

Agathi beach in Rhodes, Greece Credit: PA

An investigation has been launched into the death of a British man following reports he was struck by lightning while paddleboarding in Greece.

The unnamed man was in the sea off the beach in Agia Agathi, Rhodes, as his girlfriend filmed him from the beach, according to local media.

The Port Authority of Rhodes confirmed the man was 26 and a British national but would give no further information.

A spokesperson said: “This is an active case so we cannot give more details at the moment.”

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Rhodes and are in contact with local authorities.”

Greek newspaper Rodiaki reported lightning struck the water near the man shortly before 1.30pm local time on Tuesday, causing him to fall in the water injured.

The newspaper reported that a passer-by, who it named as Wander Machado, a Brazilian footballer who plays for a local side, waded into the water to pull the man to shore.

Medics then took the man to a local hospital where he was declared dead.