Details emerge about Marble lightning strike
July 18, 2006
Seven people hit by lightning outside Marble were in separate groups Monday and had met a quarter of the way up Arkansas Mountain near Lead King Basin.When they stopped to rest, lightning struck a tree and traveled into 15-year-old Brock Neville, who was leaning against the tree. Neville, of Colwich, Kan., was in intensive care Tuesday at Valley View Hospital. Rescuers performing CPR revived him twice before he appeared to recover and he was able to talk to rescuers, a Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office statement says.”Residual electricity dispersed throughout the nearby ground, and all other party members suffered, to various extents, the effects,” the news release says.The other hikers, who were not seriously hurt, were two children from Denver, ages 5 and 9; Charlie Wooldridge, age unknown, and Maria Wooldridge, 45, both of Denver; Chad Mohr, 31, of Wichita, Kan.; and Jaclyn Snyder, 24, of Cheney, Kan.Snyder was treated in Marble for burns to both legs. The six hikers were treated at the hospital and released. Neville was in serious but stable condition Tuesday. A dog that was with the hikers died.On Sunday south of Marble, authorities responded to a death from a separate incident.The victim, identified as Kelley Duff, 50, apparently suffered a heart attack on Yule Pass. He lived in Texas and had a seasonal home in Marble, which is in the upper Crystal River Valley south of Carbondale.
The National Lightning Safety Institute recommends the following tips for those caught outdoors in lightning storms: Avoid water. Avoid high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects, including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors and power tools. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters and near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. Crouch down. Put feet together. Place hands over ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder. Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 feet) to other people.