Zion Search and Rescue looking for missing woman after flash flood

The woman allegedly went missing during a flash flood in The Narrows on Friday afternoon.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) In September 2021, at 4.05 million visitors and counting, Zion National Park is on course to have its busiest year ever, surpassing 2019Õs 4.5 million visitors.

Zion Search and Rescue crews are looking for a woman who went missing Friday during a flash flood on the Virgin River.

Multiple hikers were swept off their feet by a flash flood in The Narrows around 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Zion National Park officials said in a news release. At least one person was injured and later treated at an area hospital, while many others were stranded until water levels receded.

Tucson, Ariz., resident Jetal Agnihotri, 29, was reported missing later that evening after friends said she was overdue in returning from a trip in The Narrows.

Park rangers continued to monitor the river overnight and mobilized additional searchers on Saturday, according to the release. Over 20 members of Zion’s Search and Rescue team were still searching for the woman as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Park rangers and other members of the Zion Search and Rescue Team responded quickly to this event, and we are continuing our efforts,” said Jeff Bradybaugh, Zion National Park superintendent, in a news release. “I want to express the park’s appreciation for the ongoing support we’ve received from the National Weather Service, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Hurricane Valley Fire District as we continue search and rescue operations.”

The Narrows and the Riverside Walk trail in the park remain closed due to rescue efforts, according to the park. Permits to camp or hike along The Narrows from the top of the river downward have been canceled.