A couple’s hike in a Utah national park turned deadly when they began experiencing symptoms of hypothermia, leading to the wife’s death, officials said.
The pair began hiking a 16-mile trail Tuesday in Zion National Park and began encountering cold weather overnight into Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
The man, 33, left his wife on the trail to get help early Wednesday, according to park officials. Eventually, other visitors alerted park officials about the injured man and also helped give CPR to the 31-year-old woman when she was found.
“First responders administered first aid, but they determined she was deceased,” park officials said in the news release. “Zion National Park’s response involved more than 20 search and rescue team members.”
The cause of the woman’s death is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of Medical Examiner and the National Park Service. The couple was not publicly identified by park officials.
The high Tuesday in Zion National Park was 49 degrees Fahrenheit and dropped to 19 degrees overnight Wednesday morning, according to CNN Weather.