Two hikers were found unconscious on a trail in Grand Canyon National Park after the lightning strike, park officials said. At least two others were injured.
The 30-year-old and the 28-year-old woman were hiking on Tuesday during a monsoon storm.
“The man regained consciousness without intervention,” park officials said in a press release Wednesday. “CPR and advanced life-saving procedures were initiated on the woman and she regained her pulse. “
Due to the storm, injured hikers could not be airlifted to a nearby medical center. Instead, park officials took them to Flagstaff Medical Center.
The woman is in stable condition at a burn center, park officials said.
At least two other tourists from the park have come to the Grand Canyon clinic with lightning injuries, rangers said.
“This thunderbolt is a reminder that the monsoon season brings not only rain, but also dangerous and potentially fatal lightning during thunderstorms,” park officials said. “Serious injuries and deaths have occurred in Grand Canyon National Park as a result of the lightning strike. “
Lightning strikes the national park an average of 25,000 times a year, according to the National Park Service. It can hit two points 10 miles apart at the same time.
Monsoon storms can strike quickly and without warning. Last week, a 29-year-old tourist died when a sudden flood from a monsoon swept through Arizona, park officials said. Several others were injured.
Hikers should always prepare a storm plan and check the forecast before embarking on a trail, according to the National Park Service.
Park officials offer these tips:
Be aware of the location of the nearest safe structure or vehicle at all times.
Find out where emergency phones are located on the trails.
Hear the thunder and watch for the lightning.
Take cover if a thunderstorm is approaching.
If “your hair stands on end,” love at first sight is looming. Move away from the edge of the canyon.
If there is no shelter around, move away from others and look for lower ground.
Squat on the soles of your feet with your heels touching and your head lowered.
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