Woman Dies Falling into Creek in Sequoia National Park

A 26-year-old woman has died after falling into a creek in Sequoia National Park, the third drowning in the park this year, authorities said Sunday.

The incident occurred Saturday evening when the woman fell into Silliman Creek near the Twin Lakes Trail and was subsequently swept downstream, according to the National Park Service.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Record high temperatures in the region coupled with rapidly melting snow in mountain areas is causing swift, cold and dangerous river conditions, park officials warned.

“River crossings fluctuate with temperature and time of day,” U.S. Park Ranger Leah Tobin said in a prepared statement. “Just because you are able to cross in the morning, does not mean the same crossing will be at the same level when you come back in the afternoon.”
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Timothy Conant, Kayak Guide, Dies While Rescuing Client

A 23-year-old kayak guide, Timothy Hayden Ryan Conant from Salt Lake City, Utah, died while attempting to rescue a client who capsized on Wednesday, June 14. The incident occurred in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake. The kayaking group consisted of nine clients and three guides.

After receiving a call through the park’s dispatch center, rangers responded to the scene in a patrol boat and found Mr. Conant in the water. They brought him on board and immediately started CPR while in route back to the dock. CPR continued as Mr. Conant was transported to the helipad at Grant Village via ambulance (approximately ½-mile from the dock). A Life Flight landed to assist, but Mr. Conant was pronounced dead before taking off.

The client, who Mr. Conant attempted to save, was rescued by other guides in the group and brought to shore before rangers arrived on scene to help Mr. Conant. The client was transported to the park clinic and treated for hypothermia.
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Yellowstone Lake is  the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States that is above 7,000 feet. Its waters remain cool throughout the year, so hypothermia is a constant threat.

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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Search for Hiker in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park rangers are searching the park’s backcountry for a missing California hiker.

Park spokeswoman Emily Davis says air and ground crews are looking for 72-year-old Raafat “Ralph” Amin Nasser-Eddin of Los Angeles along several trails.

Davis says Nasser-Eddin was reported overdue Tuesday evening and that he matches the description of a person reported to park rangers Sunday as being disoriented at a camping area in the canyon.

Davis says a member of the park’s search and rescue team unsuccessfully looked for that person Sunday and Monday.

She says Nasser-Eddin had a reservation to stay at Phantom Ranch along the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon but did not check in.
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Man Falls into Hot Spring at Yellowstone

A 21-year-old man, Gervais Dylan Gatete from Raleigh, North Carolina, sustained severe burns after falling into a hot spring late on Tuesday, June 13. The incident occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin off of Fountain Flat Drive just north of the Old Faithful area. Mr. Gatete, currently an employee with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, was with seven other people when he fell.

Lower Geyser Basin Fountain Flat Drive

After the incident, the group attempted to evacuate Mr. Gatete by car. Just before midnight, they flagged down a ranger near Seven Mile Bridge on the West Entrance Road. Park staff provided immediate medical assistance and transported the patient via ambulance to the airport in West Yellowstone. From there, he was flown to a hospital.
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Jeff Murphy, Missing Hiker in Yellowstone UPDATED June 9

Yellowstone National Park officials are searching for a missing man near the park’s northern entrance.

The park said in a press release that Jeff Murphy, a 53-year-old from Illinois, was last seen near the Rescue Creek trailhead around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The park says Murphy had planned a day hike to Turkey Pen Peak.

The park has closed the Rescue Creek trail because of the search.

Murphy is described about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. The release said he wears glasses and may be wearing khaki pants, a yellow T-shirt, navy pullover, a green and gray rain jacket, and an army green backpack.

Anyone with information about the man are encouraged to call the park at 307-344-2643.
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Today, park search crews located the body of Jeff Murphy who was missing near the park’s North Entrance. Mr. Murphy’s death appears to have resulted from a fall on Turkey Pen Peak.

At its peak, the search involved eight hiking teams, five dog teams, four horse teams, and a helicopter.
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Several Rescues in the Grand Canyon

Jacob Tipton of Flagstaff was hiking through rough terrain Monday while looking for new climbing routes when he fell.

Coconino County Deputy Sheriff Trevor Wallace said the site has steep cliffs and jagged rocks.

Tipton was alone at the time of the fall and his wife was back at their vehicle. She went out looking for him after he didn’t return and found him the next morning.

She rappelled down to where he was and then went back up to call for help, sheriff’s spokesman Jon Paxton said.

The fall occurred near Twentynine Mile Canyon on the northeastern edge of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Another rescue crew saved a 15-year-old girl who was riding her bike Wednesday when she crashed over the edge of the Mogollon Rim and fell about 25 feet before landing on a ledge. She was treated and sent to Payson Hospital for a laceration to her head and other possible injuries.

Officials got the call as they were rescuing a lost woman hiking alone outside Sedona.

Later that day, they helped a man who collapsed multiple times while he was hiking with his wife at Veit Springs near Arizona Snowbowl.
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The girl on the bike going over the edge seems absolutely terrifying. Wow.