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The OP was regarding what to do if caught out by lightning while p[addling. The NOAA link provided by dr. disco provides advice on what to do in various situations in a lightning storm. The stats are but a tiny piece. Additionally, the link says quite clearly that in the event of a storm there is very little we can do. But they do have a liability concern.
Your obsessing over the precision of the stats does nothing to answer the question, which I certainly wouldn't say of the NOAA link. You're diluting the topic. Instead of derailing a thread, how about starting with a more relevant post?