1 dead, 1 rescued after cold night camping in Zion National Park

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One person has died and another was being treated for hypothermia symptoms when he reached rescuers early Wednesday after camping overnight in the Narrows 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 section 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 on Riverside Walk. Team members transported the man to the Zion Emergency Operations Center.

Further up the Narrows, other team members found an unresponsive woman near the Virgin River. First responders administered first aid, but they determined she was dead, according to a release from the park.

The release said the two involved were a married couple, a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman.

The pair began a 16-mile, top-down trek through the Narrows on Tuesday. The man reported they “became dangerously cold overnight and experienced symptoms consistent with hypothermia,” according to the release.

They stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of the Riverside Walk—a paved path that leads from Sinawava Temple to the Narrows.

Early Wednesday morning, the man continued on the trail to look for help, while the woman stayed behind.

According to the release, park rangers encountered the man on the Riverside Walk, where other visitors helped him down the path. Other visitors located further up 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 release from the park said.

The park’s response involved more than 20 search and rescue team members.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and the National Park Service are still investigating the woman’s cause of death Thursday night.

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Logan Stefanich is a reporter at KSL.com covering Southern Utah community, education, business and military news.

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