Police: Boater who fled storm is killed by falling tree

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Boater killed by falling tree during storm on Mountain Island Lake. (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP/WSOC) — A boater who sought shelter from a storm in North Carolina has been killed after being struck by a fallen tree.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Sunday on Mountain Island Lake near Charlotte.

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Gaston County Police said that two people had fled the lake to avoid getting struck by lightning and went to an uninhabited island.

A large tree uprooted and landed on one of the two people.

Several people were on the island at the time. Some tried to provide lifesaving care.



The victim was identified as 34-year-old Vanessa Postell, of Dallas. She died at the scene.