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Dog alerts family after two girls hit by lightning

July 29, 2017 GMT

BEAVER — Two girls were seriously injured after a lightning strike in Beaver County, Utah, on Friday morning, according to Beaver County sheriff’s Detective Kelly Davis.

Davis said that around 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Friday, the girls planned to hike near Big Flat in the Tushar Mountains, about 25 miles east of Beaver, which is in southwest Utah. They were camping with family members about 2 miles away and had driven an ATV to the trailhead, along with their dog.

Witnesses told officials that the girls were crossing an open meadow about 100 yards west of state Route 153 when the lightning struck, Davis said.

The dog returned to the campsite and alerted family members, who then followed the dog back to the lighting strike site, according to a Beaver County Sheriff’s Office statement. Family members found both girls unconscious on returning to the site.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter airlifted the girls, one age 16 and the other age 8, to Beaver Valley Hospital and later to hospitals in Salt Lake City, Davis said.

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The 8-year-old was in critical condition and the 16-year old was in serious, but stable, condition, according to Sheriff’s Office statement.

“I think the quick response was simply witnesses being there and intervening as quick as they could and getting them off the mountain,” Davis said. “To my knowledge, there were no immediate life-saving measures that were taken shy of just transporting them off the mountain.”