Mt Warning tragedy leaves questions hanging

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TWEED RESIDENTS arrived to work this morning to the shocking news that a man has died and a women has received injuries after the pair were struck by lightning on Mt Warning.

The pair were believed to have camped on Mt Warning overnight when a heavy lightning storm struck.

Initial reports said the pair were weather watchers, although this is yet to be confirmed.

The pair, believed to be in a group of four, ended up stranded on top on the Tweed’s highest mountain as lightning strikes battered the mountain.

Emergency services were called just before 5am to the top of Mt Warning, after reports at least two people were injured.

It’s believed the man and a woman were camping on the summit, however their ages and nationalities were yet to be released by local police.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were attending to the woman who was suffering neck stiffness and singed hair as a result of the strike.
A rescue operation was co-ordinated by police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and will involve volunteers from the Volunteer Rescue Association and State Emergency Service, as well as NSW Ambulance Paramedics.