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Two Anne Arundel men emerge from comas after lightning strike

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/ABC7) - Family members say two Anne Arundel County men who may have been struck by lightning Wednesday have emerged from medically induced comas.

Family members tell The Capital that 19-year-old John Conner Benson and 23-year-old Alex Steele remain on the critical care floor at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Ron Steele, Alex Steele's father, says it's a miracle how the two have progressed. He says they were surprised to see them come out of the coma on Friday.

Both men regained consciousness and spoke in short sentences on Friday.

Jamie Martin, Benson, and Steele had been trying to tether their boat before the storm hit when a lightning strike hit the sand near the trio, according to John Martin who was wrapping up a party with friends and family when his daughter Jamie came running back from their Annapolis beach - with fear on her face.

Steele and Benson were blown to the ground. In the dark and battling rain, John Martin and friends were able to find the men, but found no pulse on either. A neighboring doctor began CPR and within minutes medics arrived at the residence in the 100 block of River Drive.

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