It was just a typical day on the job for Michael Thomas, a country club lifeguard, until he was struck by lightning.

He wasn’t supercharged with lightning-fast reflexes or anything out of the ordinary. Instead, he’s just lucky to be alive to tell the tale. "My whole body is sore. I've definitely been better,” the 28-year-old told Delaware Online.

Thomas was the lone lifeguard keeping watch over the pool at the Cavalier Country Club Apartments when heavy rain began to fall. He ordered swimmers out of the pool and stayed behind to close up the facility. He was stacking chairs when lightning struck a nearby apartment building, setting off a fire alarm.

Thomas was the lone lifeguard keeping watch over the pool at the Cavalier Country Club Apartments when heavy rain began to fall. He ordered swimmers out of the pool and stayed behind to close up the facility. He was stacking chairs when lightning struck a nearby apartment building, setting off a fire alarm.

“Just then, a ray of sunshine peeked through the clouds. Thomas said he looked up to see if the storm was over and caught the flash of a lightning bolt out of the corner of his eye. A nearby resident who watched the scene unfold told The News Journal on Monday that the lightning appeared to hit a tree, but Thomas said he believes it actually struck a metal fence between the tree and the pool,” Delaware Online reported.

"It must have conducted from there to me. The doctors told me it is called side arcing, which thankfully is less powerful than a direct strike," Thomas told the publication. "The next thing I knew my hair was standing up and I could feel it go from the top of my head and down my spine to my butt."

The first call he made was to his mother.

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