COLUMBIA – A 23-year-old female was struck by lightning at the Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area, about seven miles north of Columbia, just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the Boone County Fire Protection District.
She was unconscious and not breathing when she arrived at University Hospital shortly before 8:30 p.m., said Gale Blomenkamp, a division chief with the Fire District.
According to the release, the woman was with two other people and had been fishing. As the storm approached, they began to walk across a field to leave the area. The two other people heard something and turned around to see the victim lying on the ground unconscious and not breathing.
CPR was initiated during the 911 call, according to the release.
The responding firefighters had trouble locating the victim, Blomenkamp said. And four vehicles that tried to drive into the field got stuck in the mud due to the recent rains. The firefighters requested air transport, but because of the storm, the helicopter could not take off.
They finally were able to load the victim into a flatbed pickup truck and transport her to the nearest road, a half-mile away, where an ambulance was waiting, according to the release.
The district did not release the name of the victim, and the victim's condition could not be determined as of press time.