Another Death in Zion National Park; Where Was Safety?
People are so sad and angry about another death in Zion National Park; a woman lost his life on Wednesday (November 23, 2022) during a hiking trip with her husband there, after succumbing to the freezing temperatures.
May she rest in peace; our thoughts and prayers are with her family and all her loved ones during this heartbreaking period.
The 31-year-old woman was left behind by her 33-year-old husband, so he could bring her help, while when he came back she was dead, according to the National Park Service.
The couple had been hiking on a permitted 16-mile top-down route through the Narrows, where a 22-year-old Arizona tourist formerly was swept away in scary floodwater in August. They began their journey Tuesday and spent the night camping in the park.
The heartbroken man reported that the weather turned “dangerously cold overnight,” NPS stated. His wife kicked off showing signs they identified as hypothermia.
On Wednesday morning, the couple stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of Riverside Walk, a paved trail that leads from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows, and decided to split.
The woman stayed behind while the husband, additionally injured, resumed his journey, finally finding park rangers on the path. Zion park team members took him to an emergency medical center, the NPS declared.
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Second Death in Zion National Park in One Year
It seems officials should provide more safety for visitors who came to the park; it is not logical that more than one person is killed in a place that is covered by the officials. Actually, after the first death, security measures should have been taken so that this unfortunate incident does not happen again.
According to AccuWeather, the temperatures at Zion National Park ranged from a high of 55 degrees to a low of 14 on Wednesday which was colder than the average November low of 37 in Zion.
Other visitors administered CPR to the woman before Zion’s rescue teams arrived, but it was too late. The identities of the couple have not yet been revealed. The woman’s death comes on the same day rescuers in New Hampshire found the body of Vanderbilt student Emily Sotelo, who likely succumbed to bone-chilling temperatures and high winds.
Park rangers found the man at Riverside Walk, where fellow visitors were helping him down the trail. He was then transported to the Zion Emergency Operations Center, officials said.
“The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, and the National Park Service are still investigating the cause of the woman’s death,” the National Park Service said Thursday.
According to the National Park Service, more than 20 search and rescue officials were involved in the park’s rescue response.
In August, another woman last took his last breath at Zion National Park while hiking through The Narrows. Jetal Agnihotri, a 29-year-old from Arizona, was found after a four-day search – miles from the area where she was swept away by floodwaters while visiting the park with friends.
NPS officials remind hikers trekking in cold conditions to pack extra layers and food, stay dry, and maintain physical movement.