No. 8: Golf
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While many might expect it to be number one on the list, golf actually caused fewer deaths than seven other leisure activities. That doesn’t mean it can’t be dangerous — from 2006 to 2013, it accounted for eight deaths, or 3% of total lightning fatalities in the U.S.
No. 7: Social Gatherings
Unfortunately, getting together with friends and family can prove to be dangerous too. Outdoor parties, barbeques and other kinds of get-togethers were responsible for nine deaths, or 4% of total fatalities.
No. 6: Riding a Bike, Motorcycle, or ATV
Getting caught in a storm when you’re out for a ride can also be deadly. People riding bikes, motorcycles, or ATVs were struck and killed 10 times over the study’s 8-year time span, accounting for 4% of total deaths.
No. 5: Beach Activities
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A little fun in the sun can leave you vulnerable when storm clouds roll in. People on the beach were killed by lightning 11 times — that’s 5% of total fatalities.
No. 4: Soccer
Surprisingly, golf wasn’t even the most dangerous sport — that unfortunate title went to soccer. During this time span, 12 people were killed by lightning while on the soccer pitch. Overall, this accounted for 5% of total lightning deaths.
No. 3: Boating
Water-related activities leave people especially susceptible to lightning, and boating, of course, is no exception. Boating was responsible for 14 deaths — that’s 6% of total fatalities.
No. 2: Camping
What’s more dangerous than boating? Camping. While it may give you a chance to soak up the great outdoors, it can also put you in harm’s way. There were 15 camping-related lightning deaths from 2006 to 2013 — 6% of all lightning fatalities.
No. 1: Fishing
Far and away, the leisure activity that led to the most deaths was fishing. A whopping 26 people were struck and killed by lightning while fishing over the course of the study — that’s 11 more than camping and 11% of all lightning deaths.