Search For Lacking Hiker Strikes South Of Zion Nationwide Park

When water flows are low the Narrows slot canyon at Zion is a well-liked hike, however flash floods can flip it lethal. Searchers continued Monday to search for an Arizona lady swept away by flood waters on Friday/NPS file

The seek for a hiker lacking since a flash flood swept by way of the Narrows space of Zion Nationwide Park expanded Monday to an space south of the park alongside the Virgin River, with Nationwide Park Service employees helping native legislation enforcement businesses.

Jetal Agnihotri, of Tucson, Arizona, hasn’t been seen because the flood Friday afternoon and night, in response to park employees. Torrential rains despatched the flood waters down by way of the favored slot canyon simply to the north of the Temple of Sinawava on the ground of Zion Canyon, with the flood knocking a number of hikers off their ft close to the Temple of Sinawava.

Close to the Temple of Sinawava, park rangers discovered an injured hiker who had been swept downstream a number of hundred yards. A Nationwide Park Service ambulance transported the hiker to a hospital. Different rangers hiked up Riverside Stroll and located a number of hikers who have been remoted by excessive water on excessive floor. Rangers directed them to stay in place till water receded after which assisted them to security.

All through that afternoon and night rangers interviewed teams of holiday makers exiting the Narrows and Riverside Stroll to make sure they weren’t lacking a member of their celebration. At the moment, no hikers have been reported lacking. Nonetheless, later that night time the Park Service acquired a report that the 29-year-old Agnihotri was overdue from a visit within the Narrows.

A video shot by the lady’s brother of the flood waters captured pictures of two folks being swept downstream, considered one of who was believed to be Agnihotri.

On Sunday, the Washington County Sheriff Workplace’s Swift Water Staff checked fast-flowing and deep areas of the Virgin River contained in the park, whereas canine handlers investigated vegetation and log-jams. On Monday, the sheriff’s workplace requested the Park Service for help in seraching areas of the Virgin River south of the nationwide park. The search outdoors the park was centered on areas in or close to the Virgin River, together with fast-flowing and deep water. Park rangers additionally contiunued to search for the lacking lady alongside the river hall within the park.

With the continuing search, the park closed the Riverside Stroll and the Narrows to the general public, and canceled Narrows tenting permits and top-down river climbing permits.


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