IVINS — Two women and a dog were located and recovered by Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue crews Saturday night after the women left a trail in Snow Canyon State Park and became stuck on a ledge.
At approximately 4:41 p.m., search and rescue crews were called out to find two women and a German Shepherd dog who had left the Gila Trail in Snow Canyon State Park to go exploring, Mike Thomas, Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue commander, said.
The women and dog found themselves on a ledge, but the dog slid about 15 feet and got stuck on a lower ledge, Thomas said. The women worked their way down to get to the dog and then called 911.
“With their GPS coordinates we were able to locate them,” he said. “They were fine, had no injuries, and had run out of water so we gave them some and were able to get them out safely.”
Thomas said the women were not local residents and did not know the area well. He advised people to be careful while hiking in and around Red Mountain and Snow Canyon State Park, as he has received many search and rescue calls to these areas in the past.
“Stay on the trail,” he said. “Don’t explore unless you are familiar with the area. That area is a lot more rugged than people think.”
Crews were able to locate the women within 30 minutes of the 911 call, and it took about an hour to get them out of the park, Thomas said. Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Snow Canyon State Park rangers assisted with the search and rescue effort.
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