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Family dog finds help for two Utah girls struck by lightning

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It’s one of those stories that could easily be made into a movie.

Friday in Beaver County, Utah, police say a family dog led relatives to two unconscious girls after being struck by lightning.

The Beaver County Sheriff’s Office states Friday, they were called around 10:45 a.m. on a report of two girls who had been struck by lightning.

The two girls girls, ages 8 and 16, were camping with family near Big Flat in the Beaver Mountains for a family reunion. The girls were riding on an ATV with the family dog and had stopped the ATV to look around. As the girls were heading back to the ATV, they were struck by lightning. According to the press release:

“The dog returned to the camp and alerted the family. The family followed the dog back to the site where the girls were found on the ground unconscious.”

Both girls were flown by medical helicopter to the hospital. The 8-year-old girl was in critical condition when Life Flight left Beaver, and the 16-year-old girl was in serious but stable condition.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Since the accident, the girls’ family thanked the good samaritans and first responders who came to the aid of the girls, as well the pilots and flight crews from the Department of Public Safety and LifeFlight, and family members in a statement:

We would like to provide an update from the family egarding the condition of the two young girls who were victims of the lightning strike in Beaver County. The eight-year-old is still in critical condition at this time. She has made steady improvements and is responding to the medical interventions from the staff at Primary Children’s Hospital. The sixteen-year-old has made great improvements and is responding to the medical interventions as well. She is in stable condition and healing.

As a collective family we would like to express our gratitude to the total stranger who stopped to render aid to our two daughters who were victims of the lightning strike in Tusher Mountains. We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to our family in Beaver County who supported us during this event with selfless acts of kindness.

We as family are very thankful to all of the good samaritans and first responders who came to quickly to render air to our daughters. Their heroic efforts and rapid response were very appreciated. We especially want to thank the pilots and flight crews from the Department of Public Safety and Life Flight. Thank you for your selfless care. We hope to personally thank you in the future.

We are very thankful of the support, words of kindness, and kind gestures in our daughter’s behalf. As a family we would like to take some time to focus on the healing of these two girls and we would ask for some time to focus on their immediate needs.

We would like to clarify that the girls were from Payson, Utah and Springville, Utah. We were in Beaver County attending a family reunion with members of our extended family in that area.

Thanks for everyone’s thought and prayers.

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