26-year-old woman who was rescued following 50-to-80-foot fall at Zion National Park in Utah later dies after a struggle to reach her in steep terrain
A 26-year-old woman, who was found alive after falling 50 to 80 feet from Mystery Canyon at Utah’s Zion National Park, died shortly afterwards from her injuries.
A rescue helicopter first responded June 6 after reports of the incident from park visitors, but was unable to pull her from the base of the canyon due to the ‘steep, narrow’ walls, according to Zion National Park’s Twitter page.
Park medics later recued her from the canyon, but she succumbed to her injuries. She has not been identified.
The woman had been alone at the park canyoneering, which involves following a body of water through a canyon by hiking, swimming, rafting, climbing or biking.
A 26-year old woman was killed after falling 50 to 80 feet while climbing Mystery Canyon at Utah’s Zion National Park.
Preliminary investigations say the woman was canyoneering and ‘sustained injuries consistent with a high-elevation fall,’ according to a National Park Service press release.
According to the online publication Outforia, Zion National Park ranks 10th on a list of the most dangerous U.S. parks based on deaths.
The National Park Service and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating.
Areas of the park remained closed off for investigation, including Mystery Canyon and Orderville Canyon. The Temple of Sinawava, Riverside Walk and Zion Narrows also were closed until around noon on Monday.
According to the online publication Outforia, Zion National Park is the 10th most dangerous U.S. park, based on number of deaths. Forty-three people have died at Zion with three drowning, 22 falling, eight transportation-related deaths, three medical/natural deaths and seven unidentified causes.
Since 2000, 13 hikers have fallen and died at the Zion site known as Angels Landing, according to records compiled by FOX 13.
Just three months ago, Jason Hartwell, 43, fell to his death while hiking Angel’s Landing. In February, park rangers found the body of Corbin McMillen, 42, who ‘sustained injuries consistent with a high-elevation fall,’ according to park officials.