Every day there are about 40.000 storms that discharge more than 17 million of lightning strikes on Earth. That is, 200 lightnings per second. Although this is a very high number, the probability of being struck by lightning is very low. For this reason, the story of Roy Sullivan is curious.

Roi was an American ranger who throughout his life suffered the impact of 7 lightning strikes. The fact that none of these impacts caused his death, made him know worldwide as the “human lightning rod”.

The first lightning struck Roy in 1942 when he was in a newly built watchtower that had no lightning rod. Despite the strong jolt, Roy suffered no serious injury.

The next was in 1969. While driving, the lightning struck a tree near the road, veered and entered through the window of Roy’s van, which lost control of the vehicle and nearly fell of a cliff.

In 1970 the third ray struck Roy when he was in the yard of his own house. It collided with transformer that deflected its path toward Roy’s shoulder.

A fourth bolt struck the ranger’s head in 1972 while he was working. From that moment, Roy began to think that maybe there was something about him that attracted lightning, In fact, just a year later, the fifth ray struck him in the head. This time Roy took refuge in his van from a strong storm until it died down and when he left the vehicle a lightning bolt struck him.

In the years 1976 and 1977, two rays struck Roy again causing injuries to his ankle, chest and stomach. His wife, panicked after also being struck by lightning when she was next to Roy, decided to end their marriage.

In 1983, after falling into a deep depression, Roy Sullivan committed suicide by going down in story as the only man to survive the impact of 7 lightning strikes, a title that still holds on the Guiness record list.