This Teen Saw A Blinding Flash Outside Her Tent – Then Found Her Boyfriend Motionless On The Ground

Juliette Moore was inside her tent sheltering from a storm when she was dazzled by a blinding light. The eerie flash caused her to look outside to check on her boyfriend, Isaiah Cormier. And that’s when she found him face-down on the floor.

Cormier and Moore come from Boulder, Colorado. The teenage sweethearts first met around the age of 16 at a local rowing club. He was a rower while she was a cox and the pair must have hit things off.

By 2018 the young couple had been dating for a couple of years and their relationship was going strong. That summer they had begun to make plans for their future, and both hoped to take up places at Montana State University later that year.

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However, before the couple started college, they decided to embark on a camping trip in the mountains in nearby Nederland, CO. The plan was to spend two nights in the wilderness, enjoying all that nature had to offer. But on the second day of their trip, disaster struck.

On that day, which happened to be a Saturday, Moore and Cormier had enjoyed lunch in town before heading back to camp to batten down the hatches for the evening. They had heard that a storm was brewing, and intended to wait it out in their tent.

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However, when the couple got back to their campsite, Cormier decided to put some of their things in Moore’s car for safekeeping. But as they rushed around tidying their camp, the storm arrived with a vengeance.

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While Cormier finished packing their car, a streak of lightning crashed down nearby. Thunder began to roar, and a second flash occurred soon after. With the strikes getting ever closer, Moore made a run for their shelter, leaving Cormier outside alone.

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Moore had just reached the tent when a blinding beam lit up her surroundings. In an interview with Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper in July 2018, she revealed, “I had gone inside the tent ten or 20 seconds earlier. I saw a really bright flash of light through the tent.”

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Concerned, Moore peeked out of her shelter to check on Cormier. And that’s when she realized that things had taken a very worrying turn. “I don’t remember any sound. But I stuck my head outside the tent and he was face down on the ground.”

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At that point, Moore had no idea what might have happened to Cormier while he was alone outside. However, she was about to make a truly shocking discovery. “I rolled him over and it was really obvious [that] he had been struck by lightning,” she said.

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Explaining what had led the camper to that conclusion, Moore added, “His coloring — it was a lot of colors. He was — I don’t know if you’ve ever seen electrical injuries before — but yellow, red. [And] he started turning blue, but that’s because he had stopped breathing.”

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With Cormier’s breathing failing, Moore knew that he needed help and quick. Luckily, she had completed her C.P.R. training about four weeks earlier. So, she felt confident enough to try and revive her boyfriend herself.

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Moore’s attempts to resuscitate Cormier paid off, and he began taking in air. However, his breathing soon faltered a second time, and she returned to performing C.P.R. Yet again, her efforts were successful, and the 18-year-old began to breathe once again.

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Once the teen’s breathing was more stable, Moore and another camper were able to get him into her car. Once her cell phone had a signal, Moore tracked down some paramedics and handed Cormier over to them.

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Cormier was taken to Boulder’s Foothills Hospital but eventually transferred to UCHealth’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Somehow, the teen managed to escape his ordeal relatively unscathed. Some sore muscles and a small mark on his neck were the only signs of the lightning strike.

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The mark on Cormier’s neck is thought to be where the lightning struck him. From there, experts believed the electricity traveled through his body before escaping through his foot. All in all, the young man was lucky to be alive, and somehow his injuries were minimal.

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Relaying his doctor’s advice, Cormier said, “They basically told me to walk it off. I was surprised that I lived, let alone that I have no permanent injuries. And for them to tell me to just start getting back to some light exercise and stuff — wow! I am very blessed to be where I am.”

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Speaking to Denver’s KMGH news in July 2018, Moore added, “It’s a miracle recovery.” But she said that they had even been able to make light of the experience. “His family started calling him ‘Flash,’” Moore revealed. “Everyone we talked to asked what his superpower was and when the next Marvel movie is coming out.”

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But while Cormier and his family could laugh in hindsight, if it wasn’t for Moore’s CPR training he may not have survived. As a result, the couple want others to learn the potentially life-saving skill. “We are just encouraging all of our friends and family and our community to take that time [and] go and get that training,” Moore told Colorado’s 9 News in July 2018.

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In the meantime, Cormier was just happy to have a second chance at life with the woman who saved him. “I was going to die [and] she brought me back. I was going to die again [and] she brought me back,” he told KMGH news. “I’m excited to spend the rest of the life she gave me with her.”

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