Man rescued from Dixie Rock after getting stuck

Man rescued from the north end of Dixie Rock in St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

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.

Man rescued from the north end of Dixie Rock in St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Man rescued from the north end of Dixie Rock in St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

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.”

Man rescued from the north end of Dixie Rock in St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Man rescued from the north end of Dixie Rock in St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

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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  • Bobber Clone October 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I told Bobber not to go in that gap, but he insisted Koolaid was on the other side!

  • Lance October 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I bet he was hungry by the end of his ordeal.

  • tiff October 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    It does get extremely tight in there, almost claustrophobic for me.

  • My Evil Twin October 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I’m glad he made it out OK. This has to be embarrassing for him. Wonder if he is going to sue McDonalds for having too many Big Macs available. . .;)

    • Niece October 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      He’s only embarrassed cause he knows people like you will make dumb jokes about him…

  • yerm October 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Thats not the only thing Bobber’s gotten stuck in…. Baaaa baaaa

  • JAR October 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    That Dixie Red Rock ridge is very addictive to a lot of folks to conquer. From my vantage point on the Black ridge the other night(Tue), using my binoculars, I watched 2 flashlights maneuvering all the way down the steep southern cliffs. They made it down by 11:45 pm. It took them a couple hours. (Total darkness). (If the 2 lights ever changed to one or none, I would have called it in. I bet they celebrated with Koolaid.
    hum, I wonder what they planted way up there?

    • Bender October 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      JAR, are you confusing Dixie rock with another location? Red Mountain above Ivins perhaps.

      • JAR October 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

        No confusion, Red Rock ridge running west- east, from Bluff to 1100 E.
        Hiker’s were hiking down to approx.the 600 west area.

  • Bud October 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    An alternative rescue technique would be to slather the dude with Crisco, dangle a Twinkie in front of him, and would have popped out of there like a man spitting watermelon seeds. 🙂

    • Niece October 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Wow. Haha! People like you dissapoint me…why not ask if he’s okay?! At least pretend like you care, instead of being inconsiderate and rude…

      • Zonkerb November 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        …* I don’t care….. What a dumb …*
        Ed. ellipses: …*

  • Bobber2 October 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I hope they make this clown pay for the services he used.

    • Zonkerb November 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Bobber you got that right.!

  • Steve October 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    There is confusion here with the naming of places. I assume most people nowadays who use the term “Dixie Rock” are referring to what we always used to call the Sugarloaf (the large rock with the word “DIXIE” on it). And according to the photos and the description, this man was not on the Sugarloaf. He was in the tight area some ways behind it we always called the Narrows (near the cement-covered Scout Cave).

    The red cliffs north of St. George were always known as the Red Hill, the ridge west of the town as the Black Hill. The ridge east of town came to be known as Foremaster Ridge. And the big red sandstone mountain north of downtown Ivins is Red Mountain (not to be confused with the Red Hill).

  • Potato October 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Wow. I can’t believe how pathetic, rude, and judgmental some of thes comments are towards this man that you don’t even know, or have ever seen in your entire life. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

    • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) October 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      If i made the local news, I would welcome any comments that people have to offer. Positive or negative people are taking time out of their lives,using up all of their (my) creative energy to come up with a witty,harsh and sometimes intelligent comment. GO FALCONS!

    • Zonkerb November 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Hey potato head who are you to pass judgment on us.? practice what you preach or shut your mouth…… what an idiot. …
      Ed. ellipsis: …*

  • Niece October 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Haha! I am related to this guy, and these comments are rude!

    • Zonkerb November 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Ha ha these. comments are funny nothing rude… Lmao who would want to admit being related to that idiot

  • Sue Marsh October 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I always worried it would be me. Those spots are TIGHT

  • Robb Willie October 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Crazy tight in there. The times I went thru, at the tightest point, I had to inch myself up about a foot in order for my chest to fit into a depression in the wall, thus allowing me to squeeze through. I could inflate my chest and hold myself there without hands, my feet dangling above the path. People make jokes about well endowed women getting stuck there, but it is the men, having larger rib cages, that have the problem.

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