26-year-old woman rescued after falling from 50 to 80 feet in Utah’s Zion National Park, later dies after struggling to reach her on steep terrain
A 26-year-old woman, who was found alive after falling 50 to 80 feet from Mystery Canyon in Utah’s Zion National Park, died of her injuries soon after.
A rescue helicopter first responded on 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 the Zion National Park Twitter page.
Park medics later rescued her from the canyon, but she succumbed to her injuries. She has not been identified.
The woman had been canyoning alone in the park, which involves following a body of water through a canyon by hiking, swimming, rafting, climbing or cycling.
A 26-year-old woman was killed after falling 50 to 80 feet while climbing Mystery Canyon in Utah’s Zion National Park.
Preliminary investigations say the woman was canyoneering and had “lasting injuries consistent with a fall from a great height,” 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 American parks based on deaths.
The National Park Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating.
Portions of the park remained closed for investigation, including Mystery Canyon and Orderville Canyon. The Temple of Sinawava, Riverside Walk and Zion Narrows were also closed until about noon Monday.
According to the online publication Outforia, Zion National Park is the 10th most dangerous park in the US, based on the number of deaths. Forty-three people have died in Zion from three drownings, 22 falls, eight traffic-related deaths, three medical/natural deaths, and seven unknown causes.
Since 2000, 13 hikers have fallen and died at the Zion site known as Angels Landing, including two this year, according to data compiled by FOX 13. Mystery Canyon, site of the June 6 incident, neighbors Angels Landing.
Just three months ago, Jason Hartwell, 43, fell dead while walking through Angel’s Landing. In February, park rangers found the body of Corbin McMillen, 42, who suffered “injuries consistent with a fall from a great height,” park officials said.