Officials: Man dies after rock climbing fall in Washington County

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - May 24th, 2018 @ 2:21pm

MOTOQUA, Washington County — A St. George man died Wednesday after falling 60 feet while rock climbing in a remote area of Washington County, officials said.

Fiorenzo Marino Antognini, 63, died after he fell near the Lone Pine Arch trail in western Washington County, Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse said in an emailed statement.

Search and rescue crews responded to the scene about 4:44 p.m. Wednesday after a caller reported Antognini had fallen and a helicopter would be needed to extricate him, Crouse said.

Medical personnel tried to treat Antognini, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Crouse said. An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter extricated and transported his body afterward, according to Crouse

Antognini’s cause of death is still under investigation, but detectives do not suspect foul play, Crouse said. They will look to determine if there was any medical condition that led to Antognini’s fall, he added.

Antognini was an avid outdoorsman with more than 25 years of rock climbing, rappelling and BASE jumping experience, Crouse said.

Washington County Search and Rescue, Washington County sheriff’s deputies, Santa Clara - Ivins Emergency Medical Services and an Intermountain Healthcare Lifeflight crew also assisted with the extrication.

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