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Lightning victims recovering

Aspen Times Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” Two teen siblings struck by lightning in the Castle Creek Valley early Sunday afternoon are recovering, and one has already been released from the hospital.

Nathaniel Jacobs, approximately 17 years old, of Jefferson, Iowa, remained in The Children’s Hospital in Denver on Monday. He was listed in good condition, a spokeswoman said. His sister Elizabeth Jacobs, 17, was released.

On Sunday, the two were transported by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital and then by helicopter to the Denver hospital, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.



The two had been hiking with their parents, Peggy and Allen Jacobs, and brother Paul, on the American Lake trail south of Aspen. Although Elizabeth lost consciousness and required cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts, she was eventually able to walk, with help, to the trailhead, the sheriff’s office said.

Nathaniel Jacobs suffered burns to the bottom of both feet, and Paul Jacobs, also approximately 17, was knocked out by the strike, the sheriff’s office said. Both also walked out.

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Undersheriff Joe DiSalvo, who was not at the scene, said that as far as he knew, no one in the family had suffered traumatic injuries.

He also noted that it would have been “totally standard practice” to keep anyone with Nathaniel or Elizabeth’s injuries for observation. The sheriff’s office originally said the family was from Idaho.

Lightning in Colorado kills an average of three people a year and injures 13, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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