Dog leads family to two injured young girls struck by lightning
The two girls, one 8 and the other 16, were hiking in the area of Puffer Lake when lightning struck the 8-year-old on the top of her head and traveled into the older girl, according to Wende Wilding with Fishlake National Forest.
A dog with the girls at the time of the hike returned to their camp at a family reunion and led family members back to where the girls were found unconscious.
The girls were airlifted around 12:30 p.m. and initially taken to Beaver Valley Hospital and then to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
According to a statement issued by Beaver County Sheriff's Office on behalf of the Osborn family, the 8-year-old remains in critical condition. They say she has made "steady improvements" and is responding to medical intervention. The 16-year-old has made "great improvements" and is in stable condition and is 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."
The family thanked good samaritans and first responders who came to the air of the girls, as well the pilots and flight crews from the Department of Public Safety and LifeFlight, and family members.