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Tourist killed by lightning identified

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

The man killed by a lightning strike on top of Mount Warning has been identified as American backpacker Sam Beattie.

Mr Beattie, 24, was on the trip of a lifetime in Australia with his girlfriend Michele Segalla, News Corp reported on Wednesday.

He was killed instantly when the ferocious electrical storm swept through northern NSW before dawn on Tuesday morning,

The lightning strike surged through a tree near their tent before passing through his chair and killing him instantly.

Ms Segalla was injured.

A group of hikers found the pair shortly after the strike and tried to give Mr Beattie first aid for almost an hour before emergency services could hike their way to the top of the mountain.

Treacherous conditions meant a rescue helicopter couldn't be used to reach the couple.

It took them nearly two hours to carry the body down from the mountain.

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