California man dead after Zion hiking trail floods

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.



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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — Authorities in Utah have identified a 34-year-old Southern California man found dead at Zion National Park after flash flooding on a popular hiking trail as Douglas Yoshi Vo.

National Park Service spokesman David Eaker said Monday that Vo's body was found Sunday in the Virgin River Narrows, a day after rapidly rising water separated him from a male companion.

Eaker says the companion swam the flooding river to safety, while Vo remained where he was.

The friend alerted park rangers, but the river was running too high to attempt a night rescue.

There's no word yet on a cause of death.

Eaker says rangers don't know if Vo tried to swim out or fell in the river.

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