Shorthaul out of the Subway

May 14, 2016 Posted by: Zion National Park

On Sunday, April 10, 2016 at approximately 5:30pm, Zion Dispatch was notified of an injured male in the technical portion of the Subway Route. He had suffered a lower leg injury when navigating a water hazard.His party had splinted his lower leg and ankle, raised him 200 vertical feet out of the water course into an alcove where he remained for the night with two companions.Due to the report of the patient being stable, ongoing rain, and forecast of more rain overnight, and the need for personnel to navigate a technical canyoneering course in the dark rescuers did not attempt to reach him that night. Arrangements were made with Grand Canyon for a short haul rescue the following day, weather permitting. On Monday park medics began hiking early and reached the patient around 11:00am. A second SAR team assembled at the Wildcat Trailhead to hike in if the patient needed to be moved to a different location for the shorthaul or if weather prevented extraction and medics and the patient needed to spend a second night.Grand Canyon was able to perform the rescue on Monday, April 11th and transported the patient to the landing zone. 

Search and Rescue, Shorthaul, Canyoneering, Helicopter

Last updated: May 14, 2016

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