Wayne County man killed by lightning

Published: Monday, July 23 2012 3:39 p.m. MDT

ESCALANTE, Garfield County — A 24-year-old Wayne County man and his dog were killed after being struck by lightning while on a fishing trip over the weekend.

Jesse King, 24, of Bicknell, and his dog were at Row Lake on the west side of Boulder Mountain about 7 p.m. Saturday when a storm rolled through the region, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

King and his dog took shelter under a nearby tree. They were both killed instantly when lightning hit the tree, the sheriff's office said. King's wife, who was at their campsite nearby, found his body.

"King did everything possible to try to keep himself and his dog safe, and there was nothing that could have been done to prevent their death," said sheriff's deputy Ray Gardner.

He is survived by his wife, Maddy Rowland King.

Pat Reavy

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