The Latest: Lightning victim’s body recovered by helicopter


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 17-year-old boy struck by lightning in northern Arizona (all times local):

9 a.m.

Authorities say a state police helicopter was used to recover the body of a 17-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff in northern Arizona.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter recovered the victim’s body around dusk Wednesday.

Sheriff’s officials say a group of three hikers called 911 dispatchers shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident during a heavy monsoon storm in the Flagstaff area.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman released a statement saying a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been transported to a Flagstaff hospital with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. Both were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them.

She says emergency responders had been delayed due to continuous lightning on the San Francisco Peaks.

The three hikers are from Tempe. No other information was released about the victims.

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8:10 a.m.

Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Humphreys Peak in northern Arizona.

Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say a group of three hikers called 911 dispatchers shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident during a heavy monsoon storm in the Flagstaff area.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman released a statement saying a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. Both were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them.

She says emergency responders had been delayed due to continuous lightning on the San Francisco Peaks.

The three hikers are from Tempe. No other information was released about the victims.