Injured hiker stranded in Snow Canyon State Park, rescued and Life Flighted

Life Flight hovers over Snow Canyon State Park in conjunction with a Washington County Search and Rescue mission on behalf of an injured hiker, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 18, 2012 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

UPDATED Nov. 19: The name of the injured hiker has not been released, but Det. Nate Abbott, public information officer for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that she is a 50-year-old female who was hiking with friends in the area known as the Tuacahn Pass. While attempting to descend a slope, the woman lost her footing and fell, sustaining a compound fracture to her left leg. She was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

IVINS –The effort to rescue an injured female hiker stranded in Snow Canyon State Park concluded at 4:05 p.m. this afternoon, when she was lifted from the canyon by Life Flight.

Members of the Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue in search of an injured hiker on the Three Ponds Trail, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 18, 2012 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

The woman suffered a broken bone while hiking on the Three Ponds Trail, approximately two miles from the trailhead. She was spotted by the Life Flight helicopter around 2 p.m., and members of the Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue set out on the Three Ponds Trail by foot shortly after.

The search team reached her around 2:45 p.m. and began the process of removing her from the trail, which first responders described as “steep” and “treacherous.”

At approximately 4:05 p.m., Life Flight took off from the canyon with the woman on board.

Life Flight hovers over Snow Canyon State Park in conjunction with a Washington County Search and Rescue mission on behalf of an injured hiker, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 18, 2012 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

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