Father-of-the-bride struck by lightning during wedding speech

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A father-of-the-bride was struck by a bolt of lightning mid-speech during his daughter’s wedding ceremony.

JP Nadeau was hosting his daughter’s wedding in an apple orchard at the back of his home in Canada.

But as he started his speech, he was struck by lightning.

He said: “They thought I was going to drop dead.

“And just as I told my new son-in-law ‘You’re a lucky guy’ – boom!”

The incident shocked his family but miraculously Mr Nadeau from New Brunswick – one of Canada’s eastern Maritime provinces – remained unscathed. 

He said his daughter saw the lightning strike behind him, shooting a bolt of electricity through his body.

“I had the microphone and the shock jumped into the sound system and my hand just lit up and I saw the spark,” he said.

“And I’m looking at my hand and it’s all flared up…it was like I was holding a lightning bold in my hand, it was amazing.”

His stunned family carried on the celebrations after realising the doting dad had not been hurt.

“It was a beautiful wedding,” Maggy Thomas, Mr Nadeau’s wife, told Canadian news channel CBC.

Mr Nadeau’s lucky escape wasn’t the first time he dodged death.

In 2015 he was working on a cruise ship near the Faukland Islands when it caught fire. He and the other passengers were rescued by the British Royal Air Force.

“I’ve had lots of brushes with death”, he said. “But death keeps ignoring me”.

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