An adventurous hike in the Alps turned to shock and horror when two climbers were struck by lightning, vaulting them from the cliff-side.
The two were caught by their mountain climbing harnesses, but one of the climbers, Samantha Ramsay, died before reaching the hospital.
Ramsay was an instructor at the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Idaho.
Per Daily Mail:
The wife of a deceased former Mariners player has been killed after being struck by lightning while climbing in the Alps, leaving behind their two kids.
Samantha Ramsay, 41, an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Idaho, was climbing the Matterhorn on Sunday when she was fatally hit by lightning.
Her husband, pitcher Rob Ramsay, died a year before after a long battle with brain cancer; they have been survived by their sons Reidar, nine, and Ryan, 12, The Spokesman-Review reported.
Ramsay and another climber were both struck when a storm took them by surprise:
Ramsay, who taught at the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, had attempted to climb the Matterhorn, which rises 14,692 feet above sea level, when she was struck on Sunday evening.
She and another experienced climber, who was not named, had attempted to scale the Swiss side of the mountain when they were caught off-guard by a thunderstorm.
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Ramsay was struck, sending both climbers tumbling down the hill, stopped only by their safety ropes.
Her badly stricken friend then contacted emergency services in his home country, who were able to contact mountain rescue services.
Ramsay was pronounced dead on arrival in hospital, while her friend was submitted in critical condition.
Ramsay shared her passion for the outdoors with her two children:
O’Neal said that she had always been active, not just in her globetrotting activities, but also in raising her sons.
‘She was the kind of mom that wanted her kids to be like her, to be active and always doing something,’ he explained.
Photos on Ramsay’s Facebook page show her atop the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in June and skiing on Oregon’s Three Sisters in May.
They also show her taking her sons to Seattle, a baseball game and the Capitol over the past two months.
UI President Chuck Staben said in a statement: ‘We join the entire Vandal family in mourning the loss of a talented instructor, respected colleague and caring member of the UI community.’