Two girls in Beaver County, Utah were saved by the family dog after being struck by lightning on Friday.  Both girls are expected to fully recover all because the dog was able to lead the family to the injured girls.

Both girls were flown to a hospital Friday morning, and police say a family dog led relatives to the unconscious girls after the lightning strike. The girls, ages 8 and 16, were camping with relatives near Big Flat in the Beaver Mountains as part of a family reunion with attendees from Payson and Mapleton. The girls were riding on an ATV and had gotten off the vehicle to look around, while accompanied by a family dog.  That’s when disaster struck in the form of lightning.

A press release stated, “The dog returned to the camp and alerted the family. The family followed the dog back to the site where the girls were found on the ground unconscious.” Both girls were flown via helicopter to Beaver Valley Hospital, and from there Life Flight took the girls to Primary Children’s Hospital. The 8-year-old girl was in critical condition when Life Flight left Beaver, and the 16-year-old girl was in serious but stable condition.

On Saturday, the family of the girls issued a statement on their conditions.

As a collective family we would like to express our gratitude to the total stranger who stopped to render aid to our two daughters who were victims of the lightning strike in the Tusher Mountains. We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to our family in Beaver County who supported us during this event with selfless acts of kindness.

We are very thankful for the support, words of kindness, and kind gestures in our daughter’s behalf. As a family we would like to take some time to focus on the healing of these two girls and we would ask for some time to focus on their immediate needs.

The statement did not mention the dog’s heroics and focused largely on the humans who helped render aid after the dog lead them to the unconscious girls.