Tree Camping Australia
American tourist Sam Beattie (pictured), 24, was killed when he was hit by lightning while camping on Mount Warning, New South Wales on Tuesday morning
Beattie (left) and his partner, Michelle Segalla (right), 23, had been travelling around Australia for a gap year. They had flown to Sydney eight weeks ago with five bags
The couple, who were travelling around Australia in a van, had already visited Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout and Rainbow Beach and had recently arrived in Byron Bay
Beattie and Segalla (pictured together left and right) had both studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, in 2013. They had both been hired at music deals website Popmarket in October
Segalla (pictured with Beattie in New York) graduated from Fordham University with a 3.503 GPA in 2015 and interned at UBS before working at Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Segalla was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital with head and neck injuries and in a state of shock, while Beattie's body has been retrieved from the mountain, according to the Tweed Daily News.
The couple were eight weeks into a gap year trip that took them around Australia in a van. Beattie, a University Of Denver grad, and Segalla, a Fordham University alum, had both been hired at music deals website Popmarket in October, respetively as a customer service representative and analyst.
Beattie's father arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon during a pre-booked trip and was informed of his son's death.
Emergency services were called to the Wollumbin National Park near Murwillumbah on the New South Wales north coast around 4:50 am.
Tweed Byron LAC detective Superintendent Wayne Starling said lighting struck a tree adjoining the couple's tent and Beattie 'was killed pretty much instantly'.
'It appears the lightning may have touched the male's feet in the tent and sadly it killed him, ' he said.
He described the incident as 'extraordinary circumstances' and said Segalla was very lucky to be alive.
Beattie shared this photo of himself with Segalla eight weeks ago, writing in the caption that they had packed their lives into five bags and were leaving for Sydney
Officials believe the lightning struck Beattie and Segalla's tent before touching Beattie's feet, killing him instantly. Pictured is Mount Warning taken in during a storm in 2013
Segalla was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital with head and neck injuries and in a state of shock, while Beattie's body was retrieved. Pictured is the rescue crew
More than 35 people were involved in the rescue operation on Mount Warning (file picture). Beattie's father arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon during a pre-booked trip
Emergency services (pictured) were called to the Wollumbin National Park near Murwillumbah on the New South Wales north coast around 4:50 am