28 Sep 2008

Lightning strike kills two Australians in Thailand

9:25 pm on 28 September 2008

A lightning strike has killed two members of an Australian church school group in Thailand.

A 41-year-old teacher from Winthrop Baptist College in Perth died immediately, while a 19-year-old teacher's assistant died later from his injuries.

The two men were part of a group of about 15 Australians and eight Thais on an excursion to the Thad Tone waterfalls, about 600km north-east of Bangkok.

Thai authorities say the thunderstorm also killed three local people who were not thought to be part of the group.