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Cedar City man dies after falling near Zion National Park

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Apr. 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

KANE COUNTY — A Cedar City man died Sunday after he fell on a trail just outside Zion National Park, authorities said.

Jeffrey Bowden, 55, died Sunday afternoon after falling about 20 feet at a rappel site in a remote area of Kane County just outside the park known as Fat Man's Misery, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

Bowden's friend was hiking with him and she witnessed his fall, the release says. She tried to soften his landing and suffered some minor injuries in the process, according to the release.

After Bowden fell, the friend started the long process of hiking out of the area to call for help, and sheriff's dispatchers were notified about the fall early Monday morning. The friend told dispatchers that Bowden had fallen and hit his head.

Rescue team members from the sheriff's office responded to the area and were assisted by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter, the release says. The emergency crews were able to lower Bowden's body down to an area where he could be hoisted out of the area by the helicopter.

Further information about the accident wasn't released.


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