An overnight camping trip in the Narrows area of Zion National Park resulted in the death of one individual, according to park officials.
On Wednesday, park shuttle drivers reported that visitors had found an injured man and a lady who was unresponsive in the Narrows. Both victims were said to be tourists. After receiving a call for assistance, the Zion National Park Search and Rescue Team located the man on Riverside Walk. A group member took the individual to the Zion Emergency Operations Center.
An unresponsive woman was discovered by other members of the crew further up the Narrows, close to the Virgin River. According to a statement issued by the park, emergency personnel rendered help to the victim, but their investigation revealed that she had already passed away. According to the press statement, the two people involved were married, with the male being 33 years old and the woman being 31 years old.
On Tuesday, the couple started their top-down journey across the Narrows, which would last 16 miles. According to the release, the male reportedly said they “got dangerously chilly overnight and exhibited symptoms consistent with hypothermia.”
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They had reached a point approximately a mile and a half away from the northern terminus of Riverside Walk, which is a paved path that extends from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows. While the woman stayed behind, the man continued their search for assistance early Wednesday morning and went down the trail.
The press announcement states that park authorities came across the man on Riverside Walk, where other guests guided him along the route. Before the Zion Search and Rescue Team members arrived, other tourists positioned further up the Narrows provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the woman.
A press release states, “The National Park Service appreciates the efforts of these guests.” During the response, more than 20 people from the park’s search and rescue team were involved. As of Thursday evening, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, and the National Park Service were still looking into what caused the woman’s death.
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