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January 20, 2006

Baker County-- The odds of it happening are slim. According to the National Weather Service, the chances of being struck by lightning are one in 700,000. One South Georgia man is counting his blessings after lightning injured him.

The big sparks of electricity are a wonder to see but they often come out of nowhere. "We were working and next thing I know, bam!," says Mark Cody.

It was quick, dangerous and a big surprise for Mark Cody. "It wasn't even raining, no thunder, no lightning, no anything," says Cody. The sky and clouds were similar to many days when a storm or front is coming through. Mark and a co-worker were picking up old barbed-wire from a fence installed the week before.

"We knew the storm was coming," says Cody. Because of the coming storm, Mark worked quickly to pick up the wire along the fence. It was when he went to put the wire on the truck that everything changed. "I stepped on the trailer with my left foot and the only thing I remember is I couldn't get away from it. When I came to, I was in front of the truck but beside the door," says Cody.

"We heard one strike of lightning and probably about ten minutes later, he called and said he got struck," says 14-year-old Ethan Cody. Mark's son Ethan went and carried him to the ambulance because he couldn't feel.

"I was numb from the waist down and my right arm was numb and it took about three hours for the blood to get back to my feet," says Mark. Now back on his feet, he's a little sore but thankful. "I'm very, very lucky to be here. Why it happened like it happened, I don't know," says Cody.

But there's one thing he does know for sure. "The next it comes up a cloud, I won't take any chances at all. I can assure you that," says Cody. And it's a sure thing that he hopes lightning doesn't strike twice.

Cody suffered some muscular skeletal damage but says he's o.k. The other worker wasn't hurt. The National Weather Service says an average of 67 people are killed each year by lightning.

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