Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Arizona man rescued after 100-foot fall in Zion National Park

Search and Rescue » Rescuers raced against a rain storm for man, who wore his helmet, rangers say.

First Published Sep 03 2013 04:44 pm • Last Updated Sep 03 2013 08:29 pm

An Arizona man fell 100 feet in Zion National Park, and was in such a rugged area that rescuers called a U.S. Air Force base for help.

On 5 p.m. Monday, park rangers were notified of a serious fall in Behunin Canyon, a difficult, nine-hour canyoneering route above the Emerald Pools, according to a news release. It took almost seven hours for park medics to reach the man, at the bottom of the fifth of the canyon’s nine rappels.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The 33-year-old man had significant injuries to his head, arm, hip and leg after falling 100 feet without rope protection, the release adds.

"Witnesses reported that in another slot canyon, they advised the victim that he should be tied in near the edge," according to the release. "In this instance, the victim was not tied in at the time of his fall."

Because he was so badly hurt in such a remote location, a rescue squadron was called in to extract him that night. The Nellis Air Force Base rescuers removed him and his wife from the canyon by 2:23 a.m. Tuesday, just before another rain storm arrived.

He was taken to University Medical Trauma Center in Las Vegas.

"Considering the weather, we were very lucky Nellis Air Rescue was able to respond," Chief Ranger Cindy Purcell said in a statement. "That and his helmet probably saved his life."

Purcell added that the group seemed to be well prepared for an extended day, having brought with them extra clothing, a first aid kit, a water filter, headlamps and a space blanket.

The park medics spent the night in the canyon and hiked out by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

mmcfall@sltrib.com


story continues below
story continues below

Twitter: @mikeypanda



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.