SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Three girls were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after they were struck by lightning in the Uinta Mountains.
It happened near Lily Lake in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
The three girls, ages 2, 7 and 8 years old, are all sisters from Evanston, Wyo., from the Thompson family, according to the sheriff’s office.The girls were on a camping and fishing trip with their family of five.
Deputies say the girls were on the shore of the lake when a storm rolled in accompanied by lightning. As the girls’ father saw the storm roll in, he told them to head over to seek protection among some trees.
Unfortunately, that’s where the lightning struck. Two of the girls, ages 7 and 8, were knocked unconscious by the lightning strike.
“At least two of the girls had entrance wounds on their back — and it exited at their hips,” said Lieutenant Andrew Wright with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Their father performed CPR and revived the two older girls.
“I can’t imagine the trauma that you go through seeing your children get struck by lightning, and then having to go perform CPR and revive them. It took a lot of courage, and absolutely he is very much a hero,” said Wright.
The two older girls were transported to a Salt Lake area hospital in critical condition.
The 2-year-old girl was taken to an Evanston-area hospital in fair condition.
Hear more from Summit County Officials in the video below:
This is a developing story. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.