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July 7, 2018

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Lightning strikes 19-year-old man camping in Ruby Gulch

The man was resuscitated on scene and later transported to a local hospital for treatment

Nederland, Colo. - Just before 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Sheriff's Communications Center received a 911 phone call from a woman whose boyfriend had been struck by lightning. The pair had been camping in Ruby Gulch, which is located off Forest Service Road 328E, when the man was struck by lightning as he stood next to their tent. The man's girlfriend immediately began to try and resuscitate him as she called 911.

The woman was eventually able to get her boyfriend into their car and drive him west to the Peak-to-Peak Highway (Highway 72) and Forest Service Road 328, which is north of Nederland between the 39 and 40 mile marker, where she met responding medical personnel.

Rescue personnel from the Nederland Fire and Indian Peaks Fire protection districts continued to render medical aid to the man until they were met by AMR Ambulance. The man was subsequently transported to a local Boulder hospital for treatment. At the time he was transported, he was conscious and breathing.

The case number associated with this incident is 18-3938.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer