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Woman struck by lightning at Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 6:22 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 12, 2009

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.


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Kansas Wiley Stafford June 18, 2009 | 10:04 a.m.

If this didn't happen until after 7:30 pm, why did I see coverage on KOMU's 6 o'clock news?

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Steven Dupree June 18, 2009 | 11:58 a.m.

What you saw on the news must have been something different. I was standing on my porch and saw the strike that likely killed this woman and I would guess it was around 7:30. Very sad, and I for one will be more cautious in the future regarding Lightning.

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Rob Weir June 18, 2009 | 12:13 p.m.

@Kansas: You may have seen other storm-related coverage on KOMU's newscast. I contacted their newsroom via Twitter and got the following response from Jennifer Reeves, a colleague at the journalism school and a producer there:
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@robweir we reported it on the 10pm and first tweeted about it around 8pm. ^JLR
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Rob Weir
Director of Digital Development
The Columbia Missourian
weirr@missouri.edu

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