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Two hikers rescued at Zion National Park by crew from Grand Canyon

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 26, 2011 at 7:41 am with No Comments »
May 26, 2011 8:39 am

From the National Park Service:

On Saturday, May 21st, a 24-year-old hiker from Norway sustained a lower leg fracture near the summit of Angels Landing when he jumped approximately five feet off a small, isolated pinnacle atop the route. Grand Canyon’s helicopter and flight crew were summoned and short-hauled the man off the peak. While waiting for the helicopter, rangers prepared for a lengthy technical lowering operation down the 1,500-foot-high north face of the mountain should weather or other factors preclude a short-haul evacuation. While doing so, rangers learned that a 62-year-old male from St. George had collapsed from severe chest pain approximately half way up the Angels Landing trail and responded. He was quickly treated and evacuated via wheeled litter, then flown to a hospital via commercial air ambulance, surviving what was described by hospital staff as a massive heart attack. The hiker from Norway was successfully short-hauled off the summit to a waiting NPS ambulance crew.

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