Hiker survives lightning strike near Donner Summit
August 24, 2017
“He was taking a picture and the next thing I know, I see this white flash, like an explosion,” Elvidge said.
Steinhuber was thrown away and all his clothes and shoes were ripped off from his body. He had an entry wound on his hand and an exit wound on his foot, she said.
A second lighting bolt struck next to Klausner, who felt the electricity in her body, and the two decided to take shelter and call 911.
A helicopter landed on Tinker Knob, which is at an elevation of 8,949 feet, and dropped off a paramedic who tended to Steinhuber. He was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee and then flown to the University of California, Davis Burn Center, where he was listed in fair condition on Thursday.
“It was a terrible experience. One of those things that you never want to be near or involved in,” Elvidge said.
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NORDEN, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Northern California say an Austrian tourist who was hiking with his girlfriend and a friend in a remote wilderness area of the Sierra Nevada was rescued after surviving a lighting strike.
The California Highway Patrol Valley Air Operations says the man had major burns throughout his body and was struggling to walk when a helicopter crew rescued him Tuesday from the remote wilderness area of Tinkers Knob near Donner Summit.
The CHP says the hiker and his girlfriend are visiting from Austria and were hiking from Donner Summit to Squaw Valley with a friend from Fairfield, California.
It says his companions heard a large crack and saw a flash of light at the top of Tinkers Knob where the unidentified man was standing.
They called 911 for help.