Immobilized by cold water, hiker rescued from Kanarraville Falls

Search and rescue personnel transport an injured 19-year-old female hiker near Kanarraville Falls, Iron County, Utah, May 29, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A 19-year-old woman was rescued Wednesday afternoon after she reportedly suffered from symptoms of hypothermia while hiking near Kanarraville Falls.

Det. Sgt. Dave Mitchell of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said rescuers were dispatched to the falls around 2:15 p.m.

“It was reported the hiker was unable to walk due to the loss of feeling in their legs,” Mitchell said in a statement issued Thursday, adding that colder than normal water temperatures were believed to be a factor.

Because the hiker was approximately one hour’s walk from the parking lot at the trailhead, Iron County Search and Rescue personnel, along with the county’s ropes rescue team, were called to assist.

After reaching the injured woman, deputies initiated medical treatment at the scene, assisted by Gold Cross Ambulance personnel and other rescuers.

After being stabilized and secured in a Stokes basket, the woman was transported by rescuers to the parking lot, where she was treated and released by medical personnel.

Approximately 13 rescuers were involved in the operation, which took about three hours to complete, the sheriff’s office said.

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