News short: Search and rescue locate 2 women, dog ledged up in Snow Canyon Park

Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue help two women and a dog down from a ledge in Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah, Jan. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Mike Thomas, St. George News

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.

A ledge where Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue located two women and a dog within Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah, Jan. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Mike Thomas, St. George News
A ledge where Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue located two women and a dog within Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah, Jan. 17, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Mike Thomas, St. George News

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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7 Comments

  • One for the road January 18, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Thank you SAR. another incident and all ended well. These visitors need to stay on the trails

    • tight magic undies January 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Stay on the trails, don’t drink, and don’t dance. Get your butt back in church, and kill that dog.

      • Koolaid January 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Do you know what someone stranded in the wilderness for two weeks calls a dog? Food.

  • My Evil Twin January 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

    It certainly is not only visitors that get into predicaments though! It can happen to anyone, including SAR team members! That is just another of the many reasons that I admire these folks so much. Sure, they fully enjoy what they are doing, when incidents come to a successful conclusion, but they invest a lot of their own money, and a tremendous amount of time.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Wow you actually had something nice to say for a change

  • M and M cookies January 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    People will never learn and then we have to pay for SAR.. Do not leave the trail, don,t go in the back country, and when it gets dark fast..

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