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.
The injury was reported to be a back injury and the subject was not able to move. . Kolob Arch is 7.5 miles from the Lee Pass trailhead and a carry out from that location is very long, strenuous and difficult. Due to the late hour of the report a carryout that day would not have happened.
The RP stated that the subject had jumped from a rock just below the last rappel in the Subway and had injured his ankle. A SAR team of 4 with a radio relay was assembled to hike to the subject to get a scene size up. The team was prepared to spend the night and had overnight equipment for the subject.
A visitor called reporting that there was a group of 7 in the Left Fork of North Creek that had a group member who was very sick and they weren't going to be able to make it out. At about 11:00pm Zion dispatch received another report of the party needing help. At 6:00am on July 23rd a Ranger went to the trailhead to confirm that the party's vehicles were still there.
The reporting party (RP) had not been climbing, but had received multiple texts messages from the subject saying he was in need of help. Rangers were able to meet with the RP and make contact with the subject via text message, but communication was difficult due to poor service in the area.
They had lost the trail near the middle Emerald Pool and were needing assistance finding the trail again. There were no injuries in the group, they had plenty of water, but only had cell phones as flashlights.
On June 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm Zion Dispatch received a dropped 911 call regarding an ankle injury in the Left Fork (The Subway). The Reporting Party (RP) stated that there were 8 people in the group, one of which was a doctor, and they did not believe they would be able to hike out on their own.
The subject had jumped from the last rappel in the Subway route into a shallow pool of water and injured his ankle. With help from a crutch they were able to move the subject down canyon a bit until, at about 1:45am, when the subject decided he could not continue.
In the morning an ER Doctor reported that she believed the subject had sustained a tib-fib fracture of the right leg. Later that afternoon there was a report of a female who was feeling like she was going to faint.
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.
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.
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 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.
A group of eight bicyclists attempted to illegally bicycle through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Two of the bicyclists hit the tunnel wall and crashed.
Last updated: June 30, 2019
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