Rescue crews recover body of man who fell 100 feet in Zion National Park

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SPRINGDALE, Utah – A man suffered fatal injuries after falling about 100 feet in Heaps Canyon inside Zion National Park Saturday, and crews recovered the victim’s body Sunday.

According to a press release from Zion National Park, the 24-year-old man from Las Vegas was in Heaps Canyon with three companions when he fell about 100 feet without any ropes into a side canyon around 7 p.m. Saturday.

One companion stayed with the victim, while two others went for help. The release states the canyon is, “a strenuous, challenging technical canyon with an approximate 3,000 foot descent. It usually takes 12 to 20 hours to complete, consists of a number of rappels into cold water, and ends with a final 280 foot rappel to the Upper Emerald Pool area.”

Rescue efforts began early Sunday, and a helicopter from Grand Canyon National Park was sent to assist and hauled two Zion Search and Rescue crew members into the canyon. The two climbed down, where they found the man was deceased.

The victim’s name has not been released yet, pending notification of his family.

The press release states that as of July 6, Zion National Park has had 175 EMS calls—which amounts to a 34 percent increase over last year. There have been 57 search and rescue calls compared to 32 in the same period last year, which is a 78 percent increase according to the press release.

In the past week, Zion National Park has responded to “at least 16 EMS calls, including 3 carry-outs from the Narrows on Wednesday.”

3 comments

  • Steve Leonard

    It sounds as if there a lot of people that should probably go to a city park and not go out where they’re a danger to themselves and others. In most of these cases I’m sure there was a lack of planning and preparedness.

  • Jean Newey

    Unfortunately, Zion National Park does not allow professional guiding inside the park. This makes no sense at all, especially when you read stories like this. They could easily come up with a system to allow parties to pay guides to take them through canyons like Heaps, which is a technical canyon and should not be negotiated without experience and expertise. This is truly a matter of life and death, laid at the feet of the Zion National Park administration. Other national parks do have a system to allow professional guides. Why doesn’t Zion National Park

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