Zion National Park tourist dies while hiking, husband rescued

A woman died Wednesday while hiking in Zion National Park with her husband after succumbing to freezing temperatures.

The 31-year-old woman was left by her husband, 33, to bring her help, the National Park Service said.

When he came back she was dead.

The couple had hiked a permitted 16-mile top-to-bottom route through the Narrows — the same place where a 22-year-old Arizona tourist was swept away by terrible flooding in August.

They started their journey on Tuesday and spent the night camping in the park.

The man said the weather “turned dangerously cold overnight,” NPS said. His wife showed what they recognized as hypothermia.

Visitors to the hike attempted to revive the woman before rescue teams arrived, but she died shortly thereafter.
Visitors to the hike attempted to revive the woman before rescue teams arrived, but she died shortly thereafter.
National Park Service

On Wednesday morning, the couple stopped about a mile and a half from the north end of the Riverside Walk, a paved path that leads from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows, and decided to part.

The woman stayed behind while the husband, also injured, continued his journey and eventually found park rangers along the way. Members of the Zion Park team took him to an emergency medical center, the NPS said.

Other visitors administered CPR to the woman before Zion’s rescue teams arrived, but it was too late.

The identity of the couple has not yet been announced.

The woman’s death comes on the same day that rescue workers in New Hampshire found the body of Vanderbilt student Emily Sotelo, who was believed to have succumbed to bone-cold temperatures and high winds.

NPS officials are advising hikers hiking in cold conditions to pack extra layers and food, stay dry and exercise.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/25/zion-national-park-tourist-dies-on-hiking-trip-husband-rescued/ Zion National Park tourist dies while hiking, husband rescued

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