Lightning strike leaves father and son recovering

Shad Hinkley and Braedin Hinkley (Source; Hinkley family)
Shad Hinkley and Braedin Hinkley (Source; Hinkley family)
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A fishing trip takes a terrifying turn and a father and son are recovering. A lightning strike sent them to the hospital.

The youngest victim's grandmother told us 10-year-old Braedin Hinkley is expected to be okay. He was released from the hospital Monday. It was his father, Shad Hinkley, who was hit by the lightning strike in Shelby County. Shad is still in the hospital in Frankfort.

Both father and son tried to go fishing with Gene Wilder on Wilder's property off of Bagdad Road on Sunday.

'They went out made a couple casts and it started lightning real bad and came back to the truck," said Wilder. "He was just walking along and carrying his pole. BANG! That lightning, it was like a bomb went off."

Wilder says a lightning strike hit Shad and knocked him to the ground, his son Braedin was right next to him. Wilder knew Shad was hit bad.

"He went down and I jumped out of the truck and of course he was out for probably out for 3 to 5 minutes," said Wilder. "He come to and looked around and said what happened? Where am I at? What's going on? And said man, I can't feel my legs and I can't walk. I said everything will be okay."

Wilder called 911 and got Shad and his son in his car. Family members told WAVE 3 that Braedin only had a headache and was released from the Kosair Children's Hospital after careful observation. His father is still recovering. Shad's ear drum was ruptured, his fingers were burnt, and is in quite a bit of pain.

Wilder says it could have been a lot worse.

"It's a miracle from God that he is alive," said Wilder. "You are right, miracle from God."

Family members tell WAVE 3 they hope Shad will be released from the hospital Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, 1 in 700,000 people are struck by lightning and only 10 percent of people die.

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