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Hiker injured in Zion canyon during flood warning

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| Courtesy The Subway Formation

By Erin Alberty

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Sep 14 2013 09:47PM
Updated Sep 14, 2013 09:58PM

An injured hiker was reported stranded in The Subway in Zion National Park on Saturday night as rains posed a risk of flash flooding in the slot canyon.

Another hiker called 911 after exiting The Subway canyon hike on Saturday evening to report the hiker had suffered a lower leg injury, said Ranger Tim Hearns. Rescuers did not yet know the nature or severity of the injury, or whether the hiker was mobile, Hearns said. It also wasn’t clear which part of The Subway the hiker was in. Some parts of the hike allow access to higher ground; other parts pass through deep slot canyons that can expose hikers to flash flooding.

"During a flash flood, the water level rises quickly, within minutes or even seconds," according to a safety notice about hiking The Subway on Zion National Park’s website. "A flash flood can rush down a canyon in a wall of water 12 feet high or more."

As of 9:30 p.m., rescuers were poised at the trailheads as weather forecasts and conditions were being evaluated to determine how risky a rescue may be, Hearns said.

"It’s a search and rescue, it’s at night, and there’s weather," Hearns said. "But we’re taking appropriate risk management."

The Tribune will report further details as they become available.

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