It was a busy day for park staff at Zion National Park yesterday. High temperature reached 93, this may have been a factor.
Park staff was called to assist a hiker in Wildcat Canyon Tuesday evening. They sent a team to find and assess the situation. They discovered the hiker had broken foot and could not walk. By this time, it was around 10 p.m. and the crew decided to say with the victim until morning. Search and rescue was called Wednesday morning and crews hiked in 3 miles to help him out the canyon.
A man in his 60s collapsed and died on the West Rim Trail. He was headed up to the area of Scouts Lookout when he collapsed. An EMT and a nurse were nearby and saw what happened. They did CPR while medics were on the way. Medics arrived and could not revive the man. More crews were called to carry him down.
Another man collapse on the Emerald Pools Trail. Life Flight was called in to transport the victim. Crews had to carry him down the trail to the helicopter.
All three of the incidents happened around the same time. Zion National Park officials say the park staff is thin and the situation was a “real test.”
[Local News Story]