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ZION NATIONAL PARK — It takes just seconds for a casual morning hike through a slot canyon to turn into a treacherous and life-threatening situation, as the hikers in this video know all too well.
The group of hikers was at Zion National Park Saturday, making their way through the Narrows when a flash flood hit around 11:30 a.m. Flash floods are common in the Narrows, according to the National Park Service, and many hikers have been stranded, injured and even killed.
Fortunately, the hikers who were there Saturday thought quickly and worked together, forming a human chain to help everyone get across the suddenly raging river.
Instagram user 23boxer caught the flood and subsequent human chain in a video that has since started to go viral.
In a comment on the video he explained that while he blocked logs and trees to prevent them from knocking people down, his brothers and nephews started helping people get across and acting as support.
"People were panicking, but it was a fun adventure and others started helping," he wrote. "It was a good experience. Exciting for me cause I love adventure. But heartwarming when we saw that others started to help us help the rest of the people that were struggling to get through."
Though they were definitely covered in more mud than they'd planned, it seems like the hikers all made it out safely, thanks to their willingness to help out strangers in a scary situation.