Search and Rescue called out after woman falls in Snow Canyon State Park

Emergency responders carry a woman who fell and rolled 30 feet off of a trail, Petrified Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park, March 11, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK — A woman was transported to the hospital Wednesday after she fell and rolled down an incline while hiking the Petrified Dunes Trail in Snow Canyon State Park.

Emergency responders carry out a  woman who fell and rolled 30 feet off a trail, Petrified Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park, March 11, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Emergency responders carry a woman who fell and rolled 30 feet off of a trail, Petrified Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park, March 11, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

At 8:43 a.m., members of the Washington County Search and Rescue Team responded to the Petrified Dunes area, Rescue Commander Mike Thomas said, after receiving reports that a woman hiking with an organized group had fallen and rolled approximately 30 feet down from a trail.

Because the woman was believed to be in a precarious location, Thomas said, he thought rescuers would need to implement a high angle ropes rescue. However, when he arrived on scene approximately 15 minutes later, members of the Ivins Fire and Rescue had already made it to the woman and begun treating her.

“They had hiked around from the bottom,” Thomas said, “and were actually able to just hike right in to her.”

After assessing her injuries, rescuers loaded the woman onto a stretcher and were able to carry her out. Life Flight was originally called out as well, but was cancelled.

Emergency responders prepare to load a woman who fell and rolled 30 feet off a trail into an ambulance, Petrified Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park, March 11, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Emergency responders attend to a woman who fell and rolled 30 feet off of a trail, Petrified Dunes, Snow Canyon State Park, March 11, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The Ivins Area Ambulance transported the woman, who was complaining of pain in her injured leg, to Dixie Regional Medical Center. She appeared to be in fair condition overall at the time, Thomas said, and the injuries were not considered to be life threatening.

When people are hiking they need to remember to take proper safety precautions, Thomas said, even when they are hiking with a group.

“Even if you’re on the trail, you still got to be careful,” Thomas said. “Watch your footing. There (are) a lot of cliffs and rocky outcroppings.”

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  • outsider_100@hotmail.com March 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    We take the S&R folks for granted because they perform many duties “behind the scenes” and keep our associates safe. At some point we need to ask, “Are you prepared for the terrain we are going to hike?”……

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