Every year, park rangers and search and rescue (SAR) personnel respond to approximately 250 emergency incidents in Zion National Park. In an effort to prevent these emergencies, the park will post certain incidents on this blog with the hope that everyone can learn from these experiences.
On Saturday, July 12 at approximately 11:30 pm, Zion Dispatch received a call about a canyoneerer taking a 100-foot un-roped fall in Heaps Canyon. Rangers began making a plan for the following morning and requested a helicopter from Grand Canyon to assist.
On Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 am, Zion Dispatch received a report of a 57-year-old male who fell in The Narrows and suffered a leg injury and was unable to move. During the first rescue, the SAR team received a report of a second injury in The Narrows. A 15-year-old girl had fallen and hit her head.
A woman with a lower leg injury, unable to bear wight on the injury, was reported in The Narrows on July 5. Her location was about 6 miles from the trailhead at the Temple of Sinawava. A medic and an EMT were sent in to locate and spend the night with the patient while a float/carryout team was organized for the next morning.
At the top of the final descent chute above the Russell Gulch/Left Fork junction, a 53-year-old man jumped off a rock which was about two feet above the surrounding terrain and suffered a lower leg injury.
On May 3, 2015 at about 14:00 hours, a fee ranger at Tunnel East reported to Zion dispatch that there was an injured party in Pine Creek Canyon requesting assistance. Pine Creek is a technical slot canyon requiring wet suits and multiple rappels.
On November 15 2014, a group of three was rappelling through Pine Creek Canyon. A member of the party jumped off an obstacle about five feet into a pool of water and suffered a significant lower leg injury.