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Southern Utah lightning strike kills man and his dog

Published July 23, 2012 2:55 pm

Lightning • Wayne County man and his dog struck by lightning on Boulder Mountain.
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A man and his dog were killed Saturday evening by a lightning strike on the west side of Boulder Mountain.

Jesse King, 24, Bicknell, in nearby Wayne County, was fishing in the Row Lakes area when he sought shelter from a storm beneath a tree about 7 p.m.

Lightning struck the tree, and both King and his dog were killed instantly, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Office spokesperson Becki Bronson said lightning usually strikes about one person each year in the county.

"At that location, that was extremely rare," Bronson said.

Row Lakes, a group of four lakes, sit at an elevation of about 10,250 feet, according to a United States Geological Survey topographic map.

King was found by his wife, Maddy Rowland King, who was at a nearby campground. The couple had been married for one year, according to the news release.







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