Five Emergency Calls on a Busy Easter Weekend

April 19, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park
On Saturday, April 19, park rangers responded to four separate incidents in the span of one hour. The first incident reported was a woman suffering a medical emergency and needed to be evacuated from Angels Landing.

Minutes later, a call came in that a woman had taken a 20-foot fall off the switchbacks on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. The individual had jumped into a popular swimming hole below the Pine Creek Overlook switchback and suffered a lower leg injury. Jumping is the cause of many injuries and rescues in the park. The individual had to be carried up a steep slope out to the roadside and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Rangers were unable to locate the patient from the first call and all resources had cleared from Angels Landing. As staff was finishing up the carryout for the lower leg trauma, a page for a brush fire in Rockville was received and resources quickly moved to provide mutual aid before being cancelled and redirected to a fourth call for an unconscious woman at the Weeping Rock Trailhead.

The next day, in the Kolob Canyons area of the park, park rangers responded to the Taylor Creek Trail for a visitor that slipped on the trail and sustained an ankle injury. EMTs from Cedar City and members of the Washington County SAR team also responded.

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