Strong team for KES lightning victims

Johannesburg - A strong intensive care team is treating two Johannesburg schoolboys who were hit by lightning, Netcare Milpark Hospital said on Wednesday.

Hospital manager Cobus Venter said a third boy was out of the intensive care unit and had been transferred to a general ward.

Worried family and friends of King Edward VII School pupils who were struck by lightning wait outside Milpark Hospital's trauma unit for news on their condition. The boys were pulling the covers over the cricket field when they were struck. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko. Credit: THE STAR

Nine pupils from King Edward VIII School were injured by a bolt of lightning on Tuesday afternoon.

Provincial education spokesman Charles Phahlane said the boys, aged between 16 and 18, were pulling the covers over a cricket pitch when they were struck.

All the boys were members of the school's first cricket team.

Education MEC Barbara Creecy was expected to pay them a visit.

Venter said the boys' parents would not speak to the media. - Sapa