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Duluth lightning victim identified; Virginia man still in critical condition

A 12-year-old Duluth boy was upgraded to fair condition Monday after being struck by lightning at Enger Park Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. Duluth police identified the victim as Nathan Burke, and said his condition had been upgraded from criti...

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Emergency workers and others gather around a 12-year-old boy who was struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. Steve Kuchera / skuhcera@duluthnews.com

A 12-year-old Duluth boy was upgraded to fair condition Monday after being struck by lightning at Enger Park Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.
Duluth police identified the victim as Nathan Burke, and said his condition had been upgraded from critical condition Sunday night.
Nathan, who is being treated at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, was struck by lightning at about 4 p.m. Sunday near the driving range at the golf course. The course hosted a tournament on Sunday, but Nathan wasn’t involved in that event.
Meanwhile, a father and daughter struck by lightning at a baseball field in Cherry on Sunday also remained at the same Duluth hospital. Jay Mott, 51, of Virginia, remained in critical condition Monday while Ava Mott, 4, was in fair condition.
The two were struck by lightning about 2 p.m. at a baseball field near the Cherry Town Hall during the third-place game of a U-10 Little League tournament that Mott’s son was playing in.
Justin Simon, who serves on the Virginia Little League board with Mott, said Monday that the game was delayed because of the storm and that Jay Mott was taking his daughter from the ballfield to the family's van when the bolt struck them.
Jay Mott suffered cardiac arrest after the strike and was given treatment at the field before being taken to Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing; he later was transferred to the Duluth hospital.
Simon, who was not at the game in Cherry, said he was told that several people rushed to the Motts’ aid but that players in the dugouts didn’t see what had happened. The game was called off.
“I haven’t had a chance to see him yet but they say he’s hanging in there, that his heart is beating well,” Simon said. “And Ava is doing well. She’s got some burns but (her prognosis) sounds really good.”
Simon said Mott is “one of my best friends” and that they are co-coaches of another Virginia Little League team.
“He’s a great guy and a great coach,” Simon said. “We’re all pulling for him up here.”

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