A family that spent the weekend backpacking in Sequoia National Park are lucky to be alive after a lightning strike at Jennie Lake left them with life threatening injuries reports The Fresno Bee.
Chris Lovera and his two daughters, ages 12 and 9, were backpacking to Jennie Lake in Sequoia National Park when the weather began to deteriorate. Seeking shelter beneath a tree, the three huddled together before the tree and ultimately themselves were struck by lightning.
“What started as my first backpacking adventure with Aidan and Nadia turned into a much more important journey than we could have ever imagined. What follows may not be for the faint hearted. I’m including the video we made just about thirty seconds before we were struck by the lightning.” – Chris Lovera Facebook Post
Bystanders said they thought that the strike had literally blown the family to bits. That was not the case. Lovera suffered severe burns, one of which resembled the lightning bolt itself. The two children both suffered severe burns and other various injuries.
Lovera credits the people nearby and rescue crew for getting his family out safely. All things considered, he’s keeping a great attitude about the whole thing and even posted a picture of himself wearing a Lucky Strike t-shirt with the caption, “Not sure the nickname on my shirt will stick. I’m soliciting ideas for the kids… anyone?”
Find the entire Fresno Bee article here: Lightning in Sequoia National Park strikes a tree – and injures a family