Canadian woman, 25, is found clinging to a log in Zion National Park river without PULSE by rescue team during a training exercise
- Nearby rescue teams training on the Virgin River, Utah, rushed Friday to rescue the woman after she heard screams for help
- Rescue crews say the woman had no heartbeat and was unresponsive when she was pulled from the river
- After CPR, the woman was revived and evacuated by plane to a hospital
A Canadian woman had to be resuscitated by rescue teams after she lost her wrist while clinging to a log in the Virgin River in Zion National Park.
A visitor to the park in southern Utah reported to a ranger on Friday that they had seen the woman in the river clinging to the log and screaming for help.
The 25-year-old woman from Canada entered the river and was unable to get out on her own, according to the Park Service.
It comes after a spate of dramatic rescue missions at the park, including the death of a woman last November.
Rescue teams mobilized and succeeded in rescuing the woman who, according to the park service, ‘couldn’t get out on her own’
The national park in southwestern Utah is known for its canyons, beautiful vistas and hiking trails
Rescue teams from the National Park Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were conducting water training in the area when the report was made.
The crews successfully rescued the woman who was unresponsive at the time and had no pulse.
Paramedics began administering CPR to the woman who was successfully revived before being evacuated by helicopter to a hospital.
In a statement, the Zion National Park Service said, “At around 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 28, visitors reported to a Zion National Park Ranger that a person in the Virgin River was holding a log and calling for help.
The ranger immediately contacted the National Park Service emergency center, which mobilized emergency responders, including an ambulance from the Hurricane Valley Fire District, to assist.
The National Park Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a joint rapid water rescue exercise near the Temple of Sinawava in Zion when the ranger released the report.
Responders left their drill and moved to attempt a rescue. The team successfully retrieved the individual from the Virgin River at Birch Creek.
Pictured: A section of the Virgin River that runs for 160 miles through Utah, Nevada, and Arizona
“The patient was unresponsive and had no pulse. National Park Service & Hurricane Valley Fire District paramedics began CPR.
After resuscitation, the patient received a pulse. Zion emergency responders had previously contacted a helicopter medical service, and paramedics from the National Park Service and Hurricane Valley Fire District took the patient to a helicopter landing zone.
“The patient has been evacuated by plane to a hospital.”
Last November, a woman walking in the park froze to death after her husband went out alone to seek help.
The husband and wife had started their journey with an overnight stay in the Utah Nature Reserve.
The temperature dropped during the night and the woman began to show signs of hypothermia while the man was injured.
The two parted ways so the man could get help, but by the time the man and rescuers returned, she was dead.