Two hikers were struck by lightning on a peak in Boulder County, killing one and injuring the other.
Note: The Associated Press is reporting that this incident occurred on Bear Peak, which varies from the local source. The official Boulder County Sheriff’s Office report states that the incident occurred on Flagstaff Mountain.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a husband and wife were hiking on Bear Creek Trail at around 1 PM on Sunday afternoon when the strike occurred. The 36-year-old male is believed to have been directly struck on his upper body. His 37-year-old wife is believed to have been hit by ancillary electrical current. Following the strike, the man was reported to be unconscious, transported via helicopter to a local hospital where he died. The woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Parties involved in this two-hour search and rescue included the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Boulder County Parks & Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, AMR Ambulance, and Boulder Fire Department.
Flagstaff Mountain reaches a maximum altitude of 7,283 feet. Flagstaff Mountain is a popular mountain in the Boulder area that’s located close to downtown Boulder. It’s known for offering great views of the surrounding mountains and nearby city. While official reports list “Bear Creek Trail” on Flagstaff Mountain as the scene of the incident, we’ve been unable to find any information about a trail named as such on that peak. There is a nearby Bear Peak Trail, as well as a nearby urban trail called Bear Creek Path.
If you’re out on the trail and lightning rolls in, it’s important to know what to do. Get low, seek SAFE shelter (avoid rocky overhangs, tents, and tall trees), and create space between those in your party.
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