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Popular charter boat rebounds from lightning strike with bountiful catch

About 10 miles offshore of Key Biscayne, Fla., captain Jimmy David was about to climb the 30-foot aluminum ladder from the deck of the L & H up to the tuna tower. The charterboat had just passed through the edge of a typical early June thunderstorm and David was eager to scan the horizon for mahi or whatever gamefish he could spot. But he realized he had forgotten his binoculars so he went into the salon to fetch them. It may have saved his life. Just then, a lightning bolt struck the tower and a VHF radio antenna mounted to it. "I think whoever would have been up there would have been in rough shape because the antenna pretty much exploded," David said nonchalantly some four months ...

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