Campers Killed by Lightning
Lightning strike kills parents and injures
three small children at mountain campground
Lake City, Utah--The parents of three small children were struck
by lightning and killed as the family sought protection from a thunderstorm
under some trees near the shore of Crystal Lake, in the Uinta mountain
rage, about 60 miles from Salt Lake City.
According to reports, Richard and Lisa Goff were sitting in metal
chairs when the lightning bolt hit, during a thunderstorm that produced
hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning. The parents were killed
instantly, before the eyes of their three small children.
The children, a boy, 9 and two girls, ages 5 and 18 months were
airlifted to Salt Lake City hospitals, where they were reported
to be in good condition and nearing recovery from their injuries.
Friends of the Goff's said that the family enjoyed outdoor activities
such as camping, fishing, boating, water skiing and hiking.
Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm.
When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or when dark clouds
are observed, quickly move indoors or into a hard-topped vehicle
and remain there until well after the lightning storm ends. Each
year, approximately 400 people in the U.S. are struck by lightning
Use the 30-30 rule where visibility is good and there is nothing
obstructing your view of the thunderstorm. When you see lightning,
count the time until you hear thunder. If that time is 30 seconds
or less, the thunderstorm is within 6 miles of you and is dangerous.
Seek shelter immediately. The threat of lightning continues for
a much longer period than most people realize. Wait at least 30
minutes after the last lightning flash before leaving shelter.
If you're caught outside and unprotected, following a few simple
guidelines listed below may save your life.
Get in a hard topped car
Never use a tree as a shelter
Avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape
Keep away from metal objects including bikes, golf carts, fencing,
Avoid standing near tall objects
Immediately get out and away from pools, lakes, and other bodies
Spread out - don't stand in a crowd of people
If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning
may be about to strike! Immediately crouch down and cover your ears.
Do not lie down or place your hands on the ground.