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Springdale, UT- Rangers at Zion National Park continue to search for three missing canyoneers following
On Monday, September 14, 2015, Rangers received a report of a group of seven individuals canyoneering in Keyhole Canyon shortly before the area flooded. Their unoccupied vehicles were located
This morning, the search continues with approximately 60 Search and Rescue personnel from Zion National Park, Springdale/ Rockville Fire and Sheriff's Department, and Washington County Search and Rescue. Personnel will be doing a more in-depth search of Clear Creek, Pine Creek and the Virgin River. Once weather conditions improve, they will also search Keyhole Canyon and Pine Creek Canyon.
2:22 p.m. The area came under a flash flood warning from the National Weather Service. The warning was publicized through several media sources and posted in all of the park's contact stations. Canyons were closed to canyoneering.
Another canyoneering group who had been through Keyhole Canyon just before the flood reported to park rangers that they had passed a group of seven canyoneers and believed that they may have been caught in the flood. Rangers located the group's vehicles, but did not see any sign of the group. Keyhole Canyon was already flash flooding. Due to weather at the time and through the evening, it was determined that rescue operations could not be safely initiated.
The search began. Because of the weather, Keyhole Canyon was still inaccessible to Search and Rescue crews, but they were able to follow its course and glimpse in it at several locations. There was no response to verbal calls. The search continued downstream into Clear Creek.
One body was located.
private canyoneering group went through Keyhole Canyon and reported one body inside.
The search was continued in Clear Creek, Pine Creek and the Virgin River. A third body was located.
A fourth body was discovered
Last updated: September 16, 2015