ST. GEORGE — A 56-year-old man was rescued from Dixie Rock late Friday morning after he became stuck in a narrow canyon on the north side of the park.
Around 11 a.m., a man and his family were hiking through the gap toward the north end of Dixie Rock. As they hiked further in, the man crouched lower to make it through and got stuck, St. George Fire Captain Dan Cazier said. The walls of rock were tightest around the man’s chest, stomach and back.
St. George Police, Gold Cross Ambulance and 12 St. George firefighters responded to the scene. Firefighters secured webbing around the man’s waist, fastened his hands with rope and lifted him up out of the rocks. The whole process took about 15 minutes.
“We had to sort of stretch his body out,” Cazier said. “At first he wasn’t moving at all. There was a wide space just behind him. Once we got him there, he just wanted out, so we lifted him right up and out.”
This was the first time in over ten years that a person has had to be rescued from Dixie Rock, Cazier said. The number one priority for a case such as this is making sure there isn’t an airway issue. If the pressure intensified it could have blocked the man’s airway.
The man was reunited with his family after being stuck for some 35 minutes.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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