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Haslingden bricklayer was killed by lightning
A FATHER-of-one from East Lancashire died as the result of a lightning strike on a Cheshire building site, a coroner has confirmed.
Bricklayer Justin Feber, 41, was working on a housing project in Crewe, drinking a cup of tea, when he fell victim to the one-in-10,000-chance bolt.
The Haslingden man was not touching anything metallic when the incident occurred, the Lancashire Telegraph reported at the time.
Colleagues immediately rushed to the stricken man’s aid, it was said, and attempted first aid.
Paramedics also attempted resuscitation and he was transferred to the nearby Leighton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Another man, who also suffered a shock, was also taken to the South Cheshire hospital, but later recovered.
Mr Feber, known as ‘Feebs’ to friends, was working as a sub-contractor for Chorley-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering at the time, on a Bovis Homes development at Wychwood Village, in the Weston suburb of Crewe.
Recording a narrative verdict, Cheshire’s assistant deputy coroner Dr Geoffrey Roberts said that Mr Feber was ‘struck by lightning which led to his death’.
Mr Feber, of Langwood Court, was the son of former Rossendale United FC chairman Jack Feber and his wife Carol.
He also left a nine-year-old daughter, Libby, partner Karen, and brother Jason.
The former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School student was well known in the Rawtenstall and Waterfoot areas, and played Sunday league football for the Boot and Shoe pub.
His funeral service, at St Nicholas’ Church, in Newchurch, was attended by scores of mourners.
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