Three Incidents in Zion Yesterday

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.”
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Hiker Rescued in Zion National Park

A hiker was in the hospital Tuesday after falling about 100 feet in Zion National Park, authorities said.

The hiker — park officials did not give details about the person — was descending Lady Mountain, slipped near the summit and fell into a narrow ravine. A friend who saw the fall reported it at 8:40 a.m.

Trail up Lady Mountain

Park medics responded swiftly, officials said, but the climb to reach the hiker took nearly two hours. Medics evaluated the patient as a technical rescue team also ascended to the scene.

The person was lowered 135 feet to an area accessible by a rescue helicopter. That helicopter then transferred the person at a nearby landing zone to a medical helicopter. The person was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center; his or her condition was unknown Tuesday evening.
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Body Found in Zion National Park: Updated June 5: Ruled a Suicide

Not much information is available, but here’s what is public knowledge:

An abandoned vehicle was reported to park enforcement around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle was parked near the Canyon Overlook Trail, which prompted park rangers to search the area.

During the search later in the evening, a body was discovered at the base of the Great Arch. The body was recovered by park staff on Thursday with the help of a helicopter.

The Great Arch in Zion National Park

The National Park Service and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident. Identification and cause of death is under investigation.
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UPDATE from June 5:

The body found in Zion National Park on Tuesday, May 31, 2017, was that of a 23 year old male from San Diego, California. The cause of death was blunt force trauma from a fall of approximately 500 feet, ruled suicide.
[NPS Report]

Man Dies Hiking in Zion National Park

Zion Nation Park officials have released the identity of the man who fell to his death on the popular Angels Landing trail.

Tate Ryan Volino, 45, was discovered March 3, after apparently falling from the trail. Volino was from Osprey, Florida who leaves behind his wife and two sons, 13 and 15. According to the national park, Volino was an author, volunteer and family man.

“We are all very saddened by this accident, and profound loss. Our deepest condolences go out to the Volino family, friends and loved ones,” Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent of Zion National Park said.

The climb offers breathtaking views and attracts crowds of hikers in the hundreds of thousands every year.

Park authorities believe the hiker fell from one of the higher points on the t

rail.

“[He] had a high visibility of trauma.” John Marciano with Zion Nation National Park said.

He was discovered by a couple of hikers in the vicinity of Refrigerator Canyon. It features a long, steady climb with almost 1,500 feet in elevation gain.

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