2 LIers recovering from being jolted by lightning

Officials say two Long Island men are recovering after being jolted by lightning yesterday at Cupsogue Beach County Park.

David Lukert, of East Moriches, was digging for mussels at the park before the incident. Speaking from a hospital bed at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Lukert, 75, says he knows he's lucky to be alive.

Lukert says he was making his way toward his car with a 73-year-old Port Washington birdwatcher he just met when suddenly both were knocked off their feet.

Both men suffered chest pains, but weren't seriously hurt. Lukert says he was told by doctors that a pair of rubber boots he had on at the time saved his life.

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