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Local guide rescued after fall
On September 5, 2020, a fall was reported in the Birch Hollow area located in Kane County near Zion National Park. A canyoneering guide from Zion Ponderosa Resort was giving a tour when the biner block got stuck on the edge of a rappel. The guide scaled the rocks back up to get it unstuck and then rigged to the rope that you would normally pull. This caused him to fall approximately 15 feet, causing traumatic injuries.
East Zion Fire Department went to the scene and requested assistance from Kane County Search and Rescue. The Kane County Sheriff Search and Rescue Technical Ropes Team responded.
A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was also asked to assist KCSAR with their hoist system in extracting the patient out of the canyon and to an ambulance waiting nearby.
The guide is now in stable condition.
KCSAR would like to thank all agencies involved for their assistance.