A TERRIFYING selfie shows just how close a couple were to being struck by lightning.
Sophie Pass and her partner Richard took the snap while on a country walk in Scotland – but quickly noticed something wasn’t right.
The pair, both 33, spotted each other’s hair was standing on end – a tell-tale sign of static electricity in the air which indicates that lightning is going to hit.
Though not experts, Sophie said they knew right away that it was time to leave.
She told EdinburghLive: “Our gut instinct and our high school-level physics however made us suspect this probably really wasn’t a good thing and we were in a bit of a dangerous situation.
“So [we] quickly headed back to our car – letting the other six or so walkers on the beach know what we were experiencing as we went.
“It was only when in the car that we looked at the selfie and noticed it was already happening at that stage.
“After some Googling, we have a very good idea of how unbelievably lucky we both are to still be here and safe – along with everybody else on the beach.”
Sophie said before the ominous selfie they had been having an “amazing” day wild swimming in north Scotland.
“The water was calm, a breeze to keep the midges away, a good combination of sun and light cloud, stunning wildlife and scenery – just perfect conditions,” she said.
“After finishing our swim, we decided to go for a stroll around the Loch to finish off the day, which is a perfect spot for a selfie with such amazing views.”
Sophie then pulled out her phone to document the stunning views.
She said: “About a minute or so after this photo, Richard noticed that my hair was completely standing on end.
“I couldn’t feel a thing, and it was only then that I noticed his hair was also on end.
“At this stage the weather was fairly calm, there was a bit of drizzle, but nothing looking too ominous.
“Whilst a heavy shower hit while everybody was in their cars, there was not thunder and lightning.”
“After some Googling, we have a very good idea of how unbelievably lucky we both are to still be here and safe – along with everybody else on the beach.
Experts warn that if your hair stands on end then lightning is about to strike you.
Anybody who finds themselves in that situation – particularly in exposed locations – should drop to their knees and bend forward, according to the Met Office.
But people should not lie flat as wet ground is a good conductor of electricity.
The advice is also to keep a safe distance from trees, poles and metal objects, which also conduct or attract lightning.
Source: The Sun