(ABCNews) -- Scott O'Day and his wife Tucker went for a walk on a beach in Scituate Friday just before they planned to go to dinner to celebrate his 49th birthday.
A storm moved in fast and just as they were turning around to head home, Scott was hit, throwing him to the ground.
Scott O'Day said he doesn't remember everything. O'Day and his wife were more than a half mile from the road when the lightning struck. Fortunately, there was a beached boat nearby and the people on board had a cell phone to call 911.
The harbormaster drove the O'Days down the river to a dock where they met an ambulance. Scott O'Day says he is grateful to the paramedics, the boaters who were nearby and everyone else who came to help him.
The O'Days were told the lightning may have entered Scott's left shoulder and
exited his right foot.
According to the National Weather Service, the U.S. has averaged about 62
lightning deaths a year in the last 30 years. Most are in Florida. Only about ten-percent of the people who get hit are killed. Ninety percent suffer varying
degrees of health problems, some serious, some not. The odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are roughly one in five-thousand.