One person died and another was treated for symptoms of hypothermia when he reached rescuers early Wednesday after camping overnight in a narrow section of Zion National Park. (Zion National Park)
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Zion National Park – One person has died after camping overnight in the Narrows area of Zion National Park.
Park shuttle drivers reported Wednesday that visitors encountered an injured man and an unresponsive woman in the Narrows.
The Zion National Park search and rescue team responded and found the man at Riverside Walk. Team members transported the man to the Zion Emergency Operations Center.
Far from the Narrows, the other team members find an unresponsive woman near the Virgin River. First responders provided emergency aid, but determined she was deceased, according to a statement from the park.
The statement stated that the two people involved were a married couple, a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman.
On Tuesday, the couple embarked on a 16-mile, top-down trek through the Narrows. The report stated that the man said that they “caught a serious cold overnight and suffered from symptoms consistent with hypothermia.”
They stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of the Riverside Walk – a paved walkway leading from Sinawava Temple to the gorge.
Early Wednesday morning, the man continued down the road looking for help while the woman stayed behind.
According to the release, park rangers confronted the man at Riverside Walk as other visitors were helping him on the way. Other visitors further afield in the Narrows administered CPR to the woman before members of the Zion search and rescue team arrived.
“The National Park Service appreciates the efforts of these visitors,” a statement from the park said.
The park’s response included more than 20 members of the search and rescue team.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Park Service are still investigating the cause of the woman’s death as of Thursday night.