Father of bride struck by lightning during wedding toast

Father of bride struck by lightning during wedding toast

The power went through the mic cord and "it was like I had a bolt of lightning in my hand", says Nadeau.

A man was so determined to get on with his daughter's wedding that not even a lightning bolt stopped him from delivering his speech.

There's nothing worse than sitting through a boring speech at any function, but a wedding speech by the father-of-the-bride is one of those rare occasions everybody sits up to listen.

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Nadeau told CBC that as he was telling the groom he was "some lucky guy", his daughter's eyes "popped right out" when a lightning flash hit right behind him. "They thought I was going to drop dead", he recalled.

This is not the first close shave Mr Nadeau has experienced.

JP Nadeau from Canada told his local radio station that as he began his knockout monologue to a room full of family and friends, a lightening bolt struck, and surged through his hand as he toasted his daughter and her new husband.


Turns out Mr Nadeau is the lucky guy, as he walked away from this ordeal with a small scar on his thumb, but otherwise completely unharmed.

After a brief, understandable delay due to being struck by lightning, the happy couple continued with the festivities. "But that was pretty terrifying for a second", she told the CBC.

Nadeau's wife Maggy Thomas says that the celebration in their family apple orchard was "a lovely wedding [but] pretty terrifying for a second". Guests took shelter under a large tent that had been set up as the storm raged over them. "I want to keep playing", he tells CTV.

"I've had lots of brushes with death", Mr Nadeau said. "But death keeps ignoring me".

Two Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters and two other support helicopters winched 79 people from the deck of the ship and from two life rafts in the water. Many were later hosted at Falklands' homes.

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