Florida men uninjured when lightning strikes fishing pole

A pair of Florida men said they feel lucky to be alive and uninjured after their fishing pole was struck by lightning while they were out in a boat.

Sam Buduris and Marlon Munoz said they were fishing on the Caloosahatchee River, near Fort Myers, when they saw a storm approaching and started packing up their equipment.

The men said the rain had not yet started when a bolt of lightning struck one of their fishing rods while it was in a holder.

“It was an immense noise. For a second, both of us were completely speechless,” Buduris told WBBH-TV.

The men said the strike damaged their boat, but they were able to get one engine working well enough to get them back to shore.

“We are really lucky to be alive,” Munoz said.

Buduris said the incident was a learning experience.

“Learned a valuable lesson last night,” he wrote in a Facebook post, “Rods down when the dark cloud is around.”