Rescue crews have an urgent message after dual emergency calls at Zion National Park

This photo shows the Left Fork of North Creek, called The Subway, in Zion National Park in this undated photo. First responders managed two rescue operations in Zion National Park on Sunday afternoon.

This photo shows the Left Fork of North Creek, called The Subway, in Zion National Park in this undated photo. First responders managed two rescue operations in Zion National Park on Sunday afternoon. (Brian Moss, National Park Service)


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ST. GEORGE — First responders issued a critical warning after two back-to-back rescue operations in Zion National Park on Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Darrell Cashin with the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Zion National Park's search and rescue team first responded to an emergency call at The Narrows.

Around 4:22 p.m. Sunday, another report surfaced of an injured hiker at the left fork of The Subway. Dispatch was alerted by a 911 text message. However, accurate coordinates couldn't be obtained from the message; instead, it pinged off a tower in Apple Valley, indicating it was approximately 14 miles northeast of that location.

"That could have put it anywhere from Zion, Springdale, Rockville, Kolob Terrace, any of that area," Cashin said. "How do you cover all of that country trying to look for somebody that needs help?"

Read the entire story at St. George News.

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