Henry Hall was the lighthouse keeper of the Eddystone Lighthouse, in Cornwall. On the 3rd of December, 1755, a fire broke out in the wooden Rudyerd’s Tower. Henry and his two companions tried in vain, but could not put out the fire. They escaped onto the rocks outside the lighthouse, before watching the rest of the lighthouse burnt down.From a Listverse compilation of ten unusual ways to die, via The Armchair Reader of Weird, Unusual, and Strange Stuf.
The next morning, all three of them were rescued off the rocks by boats. On the 5th of December, Henry suddenly died, regardless of showing signs of improvement.
An autopsy performed after his death revealed that, whilst looking up at the burning lighthouse, a piece of molten lead fell into his mouth, burning its way through his esophagus and ending in his stomach. The doctor removed a six ounce piece of lead burnt into his stomach lining.
10 October 2011
The horrible death of a lighthouse keeper