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Father of 3 girls struck by lightning is being called a hero

Father of 3 girls struck by lightning is being called a hero (Photo:KUTV)

(KUTV) Friday afternoon near Lily Lake in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, three sisters are considered lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning.

The Thompson family was out fishing when a fast-moving storm came through the area. The three young girls ages 2, 7, and 8 tried to escape the lightning by hiding under nearby trees, but tragedy still struck.

The 2 older sisters ages 7 and 8 are currently in Salt Lake City hospitals in critical conditions. The younger sister age 2 is in fair condition after a lightning strike that could have killed them.

Two of the girls had entrance wounds on their back from the lightning that then exited at their hips. The father of the girls performed CPR to revive his daughters after they had fallen unconscious.

The sheriff’s office says the father did everything he was supposed to in that situation. He managed to get his daughters away from the water as fast as possible and now is being called a hero.

Chris Jones has more on the story.

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