Broken Leg in the Narrows

September 15, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park
On September 15th, 2016 at 3:01pm dispatch received a report of a 40 year old male who had broken his leg from a ground level fall while hiking in the Narrows. The reporting party advised the patient was approximately 1 mile up the Narrows from the end of the River Side Walk and was not moving on his own. The subject had climbed into an alcove and on his way back down he slid about 4 feet causing the severe lower leg injury.    
A park medic and litter team of ten rescuers was sent up the Narrows to locate the injured party. At 5:09pm the park EMT and litter team made contact with the injured party near Orderville Canyon in the Narrows, about 2.5 miles past the end of the Riverside Walk. The injured party was then transported by floating and wheeled litter to the Temple of Sinawava Trailhead arriving at 8:29pm. The injured party refused transport to the hospital by park ambulance and all involved units were clear of this incident at 8:45pm.

Lessons Learned for the Subject: Don’t take unnecessary risks in remote locations. If you climb up something be sure you can get back down safely, it is often easier to go up than to go down. 

Search and Rescue, The Narrows, Jumping injury

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