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On the evening of March 19, 2013 a group of local juveniles went on a hike in the Wahweap Creek Area. While attempting to traverse a slot canyon, a 16-year old female and a 17-year old male fell an unknown distance into a 200 foot deep slot canyon. Other members of the hiking party left and called for assistance. Kane County Sheriff's Office, Kane County Search and Rescue, Big Water Fire Department, Big Water Marshal and the National Park Service responded. A technical extrication was performed under a Unified Command System during the early morning hours of March 20, 2013. The rescue was a great example of collaboration between all agencies involved.
Numerous anchors were placed in the sandstone and rescuers were lowered by rope into the bottom of the canyon to raise the two hikers to safety. The female hiker sustained minor injuries and the male hiker was uninjured.
Remember to always be prepared and have the appropriate equipment while hiking in the canyons of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.