Man struck by lightning at St. George golf course recovering at Vegas hospital

ST. GEORGE, Utah (News4Utah) – The family of a man who was rushed to a Vegas hospital Friday afternoon after he was struck by lightning is hopeful for his full recovery.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George when Justin Hofer was golfing with some friends.

In a statement posted to the families GoFundMe, they said the weather turned quick and before time would allow them to escape, Hofer was struck by lightening. 

Friends and bystanders assisted in helping Hofer while they waited for emergency crews to respond. Medical crews performed CPR at the scene and Hofer was taken to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Las Vegas in critical condition. 

.He has since been upgraded to stable condition.

"Family and friends remain hopeful that he will make a full recovery. However, his journey through recovery will be a difficult one without the ability to return back to work for some time." the GoFundMe further states. 


"No one has ever been hit or injured by lightning in December, January, February or March -- in the state of Utah, going back to 1950," Chief Meteorologist Dan Pope said. "So, this lightning injury is the first time it's ever happened in the month of February." 

If you would like to help the family, they have set up a GoFundMe


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