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Rescuers rappel injured woman over 400 feet down in S. Utah

By Mori Kessler, St. George News | Posted - Jan. 20, 2020 at 12:32 p.m.



ST. GEORGE — An injured woman who had to be rappelled over 400 feet down a cliff side in Snow Canyon State Park was one of multiple calls the Washington County Search and Rescue responded to Sunday.

Shortly before noon Sunday, the county search and rescue team was called to Snow Canyon where a 65-year-old woman had injured her foot while hiking in the Island in the Sky area with three other people, Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell Cashin said.

The woman fell about five feet while hiking and injured one of her feet, though the extent of the injury was unknown, Cashin said. The problem was she couldn’t put pressure on it. This resulted in the search and rescue team’s high-angle team being called in to retrieve the woman and those with her.

A drone was used to fly a line up to search and rescue team members, who had made contact with the group on the Island in the Sky trail.

“That worked out very well,” Cashin said of the drone being able to fly the line up to waiting responders.

Once secured, rescuers repelled the injured woman 410 feet down the cliff side, Cashin said.

Read the full article and information on Sunday's other search and rescue calls at St. George News.

Mori Kessler

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