Saturday, 23 July 2016

Lightning strike kills 14-yr-old girl, grandmother injured while riding jet ski

Lightning strike has killed a 14-year-old girl, Brooklyn Reynolds, and her 49-year-old stepmother, Jayleen Reynolds was hospitalized while riding a jet ski.

They were riding on a jet ski in a remote area of Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon on Friday when the watercraft was struck by lightning, the police said.

The teen, who was riding as a passenger, died while her stepmother was critically injured and airlifted to University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Potter said, according to KSL.

A group of people at a nearby campground witnessed the lightning strike and had to move their boat out of the area to get cellphone service and call for help.

However, according to The Daily Herald there is no cell service in the area and almost 20 minutes went by before authorities received a call about the incident.  Emergency crews had to use boats and aircraft to get to the area, leading to the girl’s death before her grandmother was airlifted.

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