Rescue crews carry hiker 1 mile out of Snow Canyon Park

Emergency crews carry hiker out of Snow Canyon State Park, Santa Clara, Utah, Aug. 18 | Photo courtesy of Ivins City Fire and Rescue, for St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Emergency crews were called to assist a 68-year-old woman hiking in Snow Canyon State Park Friday after she was unable to finish her hike.

At approximately 5 p.m., a call was made to the St. George Communication Center reporting that a woman hiking the Lava Tubes of Snow Canyon was experiencing some light-headedness, dizziness and chest pain, Ivins City Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Hancey said.

The woman had nearly a mile left of her hike before being unable to bring herself out by walking, Hancey said, and had to be carried out by rescuers.

“She went down just fine but on the way back was her problem,” he said.

The woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Hancey offered these words of advice for hikers in the Southern Utah area:

Don’t go beyond your capabilities and make sure to keep yourself hydrated. It’s always easier to go down than to come back up.

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  • Koolaid August 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    It’s only about a million degrees outside, perfect weather for hiking, if you want to be slow roasted. Lay off the “I like the heat” koolaid.

  • joanna August 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Poor gal. Hope she’s better now.

  • Voice of Reason August 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    at least she wasn’t trapped inside a car. That would have been miserable.

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