- Jun 12, 2007
Teenage sweethearts who were struck by lightning were saved because they were holding hands.
Sophie Frost and boyfriend Mason Billington, both 14, were sheltering beneath a tree in a storm when the 300,000-volt bolt hit her iPod, knocking them out.
But the pair avoided death because they shared the shock.
Sophie escaped with minor burns while Mason, who recovered first and heroically carried her to safety, received eye damage which doctors hope he will not be permanent.
It is also thought that the girl’s headphone wires, which were hanging from her school uniform, diverted some of the current away from her body, avoiding vital organs.