Teen disc golf champion struck by lightning

CONIFER- A 14-year-old boy is back to normal after a lightning bolt knocked him off his feet in Conifer on Sunday.

Not much was going to stop three-time disc golf state champion Salvador Ross from leaving the Beaver Ranch Disc Golf Course on the day of a national tournament. Except for lightning.

"The thunder cracked and the lightning bolt came down and it was just mind blowing. It was scary," said Ross.

Park Ranger John Hardy was busy getting people off the mountain when he ran into the stunned boy.

"He didn't know his name, he didn't really know where he was at. So, I asked him what happened and he said all he remembered was a big flash," said Hardy.

Hardy got him off the mountain and an ambulance arrived. Salvador's head was pounding, nausea set in and his heart rate had skyrocketed.

"I just remember everyone looking at me like they had seen a ghost because I had just lost it," said Ross.

At the hospital doctors did some tests, let him calm down and he eventually returned to normal, with a lesson learned from Mother Nature.

"If it starts looking bad just go home!" he said.

Salvador later returned to watch the rest of the tournament. He said he wanted everyone to know he was OK.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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