7 Utah Youth Hikers Hospitalized After Lightning Strike Near Group

7 Utah Youth Hikers Hospitalized After Lightning Strike Near Group
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A group of youth hik­ers in Utah were trans­port­ed to local hos­pi­tals after a light­ning strike occurred near their hik­ing group. The inci­dent took place in Sevi­er Coun­ty, Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints youth group from Sali­na was hiking.

Accord¬≠ing to the Sevi¬≠er Coun¬≠ty Sher¬≠iff, Nathan Cur¬≠tis, the group was in the east¬≠ern part of the coun¬≠ty around 1:45 pm when a light rain began, and light¬≠ning struck the ground nearby. 

Cur¬≠tis stat¬≠ed that approx¬≠i¬≠mate¬≠ly 50 youth mem¬≠bers ‚Äúfelt the shock of the light¬≠ning,‚ÄĚ with sev¬≠en of them expe¬≠ri¬≠enc¬≠ing ‚Äúmed¬≠ical con¬≠cerns due to the electrocution.‚ÄĚ

Two of the youth hik­ers had seri­ous symp­toms and were air­lift­ed by heli­copter to Pri­ma­ry Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Lehi, Utah. The remain­ing five were trans­port­ed by ambu­lance to Sevi­er Val­ley Hos­pi­tal in Rich­field and Gun­ni­son Val­ley Hos­pi­tal in Gunnison.

None of the injuries were con¬≠sid¬≠ered life-threat¬≠en¬≠ing, and the oth¬≠er hik¬≠ers were returned to their fam¬≠i¬≠lies in Sali¬≠na, a city locat¬≠ed 139 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The quick response and med¬≠ical atten¬≠tion pro¬≠vid¬≠ed to the affect¬≠ed youth hik¬≠ers like¬≠ly pre¬≠vent¬≠ed more seri¬≠ous out¬≠comes from the unex¬≠pect¬≠ed light¬≠ning strike. 

Author¬≠i¬≠ties stressed the impor¬≠tance of being pre¬≠pared for unpre¬≠dictable weath¬≠er con¬≠di¬≠tions when engag¬≠ing in out¬≠door activ¬≠i¬≠ties, espe¬≠cial¬≠ly with large groups. 

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