News Short: Zion National Park responders address 3 emergency calls for help

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SPRINGDALE – Zion National Park emergency responders were busy Sunday afternoon, answering three separate calls for help from different parts of the Park.

The first call came in about 2 p.m., when a 67-year-old man started experiencing heart problems in the Narrows above the junction with Orderville Canyon, Zion National Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus said. The man was with a group of people on an overnight hike through the Narrows, and was floated down the Virgin River to safety by rescuers.

A second call was received at 3:30 p.m., Baltrus said. This time it was a woman who had fallen and rolled 150 feet off of the trail to Angels Landing. A bystander made a call to 911, and a responder from the earlier call was diverted to Angels Landing, Baltrus said.

The woman was back on the trail by the time help arrived, and only complained of a few lacerations. She refused medical attention, but was helped to Scouts Lookout, an area about a half a mile from the end of the trail, with less exposure than the 1,400-foot dropoffs Angels Landing is famous for.

At 4:30 p.m., rangers were called to assist a teenage girl with a knee injury near Mystery Falls, which is also in the Narrows, about half a mile from the Temple of Sinawava trailhead. She was also floated down the Virgin River, Baltrus said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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