July 24, 2021, 10:46

    Stepdad screamed ‘he’s gone’ as he battled to save boy, 9, struck by lightning

    Stepdad screamed ‘he’s gone’ as he battled to save boy, 9, struck by lightning

    The stepdad of tragic Jordan Banks screamed 'he's gone, he's gone' moments after he was struck by lightning while playing football, an inquest into the boy's death has heard.

    The nine-year-old died in an “extremely rare occurrence” with “no obvious reason” behind it, coroner Alan Wilson explained.

    He heard how Daniel Begg had been in his car watching step-son Jordan training, when lightning struck shortly before 5pm on the Common Edge playing fields in Blackpool on May 11.

    An inquest at Blackpool Town Hall, which Jordan’s family did not attend, was told the weather had changed in the last ten minutes of the one-to-one training class.

    Mr Wilson said: “This was an extremely rare occurrence. Although the weather had changed, it had changed very quickly and there appears to be no obvious reason why Jordan was struck by lightning.”

    Football-mad Jordan lost his life back in May
    (Image: Internet Unknown)

    Mr Wilson, who recorded a short narrative conclusion, said he planned to write to the Government’s department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and bring the matter to its attention.

    He said: “If a reminder about the risk lightning can pose is circulated and this somehow minimises the risk that this could occur again then that would be positive and avoid another family having to go through this sort of tragedy.”

    He thanked the family for their “dignity and courage” in choosing to donate Jordan’s organs.

    Mr Wilson said: “He sadly reports he saw lightning hit Jordan and he fell to the ground straight away.”

    An inquest into his tragic death has taken place
    (Image: Hamilton Advertiser)

    Football coach Daniel Stenton, who was taking the session with Jordan, said in a witness statement they had decided to finish the training session when thunder started.

    He said: “All of a sudden I felt something. I can’t begin to explain it but it made me put my hands on my head.”

    Emma Gleeson was waiting to take her son to a training session when she saw a flash of lightning hit Jordan, the court heard.

    In a statement, Ms Gleeson, who rang an ambulance, said she saw Jordan fall to the floor and Mr Begg run to him.

    She said: “Daniel (Begg) clearly was thinking the same thing I was thinking and was saying: ‘He’s gone, he’s gone’.”

    His step-dad Daniel Begg was watching him play on that fateful day
    (Image: PA)

    The inquest also heard a statement from paramedic Sharon Riley-Clarke, who said she and her colleague were called to the scene after they witnessed a “loud and violent” sudden lightning strike nearby.

    She said when they arrived she saw Mr Begg crouched over Jordan in the field and he shouted to them: “He’s not breathing.”

    She added: “He picked him up in his arms and was running to us.”

    Consultant paediatrician Dr Kate Goldberg said the death was due to cardiac arrest following a direct lightning strike.

    The inquest heard a statement from Met Office scientist Alan Day, who said possible thunderstorms had been forecast but no severe weather warning was issued as the overall risk fell below the levels required.

    Footballers and MPs were among those who paid tribute to Jordan following his death, with the Liverpool team wearing shirts with his name on to warm up for a match against Manchester United.

    Lancashire police have also named one of their horses ‘Banks’ after the youngster.

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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