The following is a story that just hit the news about an accident in Blue John Canyon. http://kutv.com/utah/UT--Climber-Amputatio-en/resources_news_html From AP Trapped climber amputates his arm, hikes to safety Friday May 02, 2003 MOAB, Utah (AP) A Colorado climber amputated his own arm Thursday, five days after becoming pinned by a boulder, and he was hiking to safety when he was spotted by searchers. Aron Ralston, 27, of Aspen was in serious condition late Thursday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. Ralston was canyoneering Saturday in Blue John Canyon, adjacent to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park and about 38 miles west of Moab in Wayne County, when he became trapped, the Emery and Wayne county sheriffs' offices and the park said. He was in a 3-foot wide section when a 200-pound boulder fell on him, pinning his right arm. He ran out of water on Tuesday and on Thursday morning, he decided that his survival required drastic action. Using his pocketknife, he amputated his arm below the elbow and applied a tourniquet and administered first aid. He then rigged anchors, fixed a rope and rappelled to the floor of Blue John Canyon. He then continued hiking downstream into Horseshoe Canyon, and was spotted about 3 p.m. by a Utah Public Safety Helicopter. The search for Ralston had begun the same morning, after authorities were notified he was four days overdue reporting for work. Ralston was described by the authorities as an avid outdoors person in exceptional physical condition, and he was known to have climbed 49 of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.