Injured hiker helped off trail by Iron County rescuers

Iron County Sheriff's deputies and members of the Iron County Search and Rescue and Ropes Rescue teams respond to an injured hiker on the Blowhard Trail in Cedar Canyon, Iron County, Utah, April 30, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Search and Rescue, St. George News / Cedar City News

IRON COUNTY – Search and rescue teams were sent to the Blowhard Trail in Cedar Canyon Sunday afternoon following news that a hiker had injured himself.

Iron County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Iron County Search and Rescue and Ropes Rescue team respond to an injured hiker on the Blowhard Trail in Cedar Canyon, Iron County, Utah, April 30, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Search and Rescue, St. George News / Cedar City News

Around 1 p.m., Iron County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area and advised that the hiker, 54-year-old Mark Barrett, of Cottonwood Heights, may have broken his leg, Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser said in an email.

Barrett was approximately 3 miles from the trailhead when the injury occurred. He was unable to call anyone due to a lack of cellphone service in the area, yet was able to send a text message to a family member in northern Utah.

“The family member in turn called the Valley Communications Center in Salt Lake City who then transferred the call to Cedar Communications Center here in Cedar City,” Schlosser said.

The Iron County Search and Rescue and Iron County Ropes Rescue teams were also sent to the trail and were able to locate and carry Barrett out.

The hiker was transported to Cedar City Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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1 Comment

  • markbarrett May 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you so much to Officers Thomas and Weston (?) and all of the search and rescue team. You all were great to find me and get me down so quickly. You are all professional and obviously very well trained. Thank you to the transport team as well. Finally, thanks to the team in the Emergency Department who quickly reduced my fracture and dislocation.

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