When two girls from Utah broke away from a family reunion to go on an ATV adventure in Puffer Lake, Beaver County, things went terribly wrong.
The girls parked and began exploring, but just as they were returning to their four-wheeler, lightning struck and knocked them out, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. According to deseretnews.com, the family dog named Spot ran back to the camp and led family members to the girls.
When relatives realized what had happened, they call Beaver police immediately. Bret Hutchings, a pilot with the Utah Department of Public Safety happened to be flying into the area with biologists working on a study when he was called in to help.
He brought the girls to Beaver Valley Hospital and from there, they were flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. The 8-year-old was in critical condition and the 16-year-old was in serious but stable condition, according to the news site. “We just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Hutchings said.
Deseret News adds, “The National Weather Service warns that higher elevation can increase the chances of a lightning strike, and urges people to avoid being the tallest thing in an open field.”
The heroic actions of the family dog, Spot, are not going unnoticed and people are praising the efforts of this four-legged companion all over social media. We wish the two girls a speedy recovery.
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