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Seriously Injured Canyoneer Rescued From Jolly Gulch

Discussion in 'Accidents and Near Misses' started by rick t, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. rick t

    rick t

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    Zion National Park (UT)
    Seriously Injured Canyoneer Rescued From Jolly Gulch

    On Tuesday, March 11th, Zion dispatch received a report of an injured canyoneer in Jolly Gulch along the park’s eastern boundary.
    Initial responders discovered that the man had fallen approximately 30 feet unrestrained and bounced several times off the rock wall before landing on the canyon bottom. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered significant multi-system trauma.
    Due to a lengthy carryout and his deteriorating condition, Grand Canyon helitack was asked to assist with a short-haul operation. In order to get to an appropriate short-haul extraction point, Zion rescuers needed to move the 250-pound man out of a pothole, perform a technical lowering operation, hand carry him down two more vertical drops up to ten feet in height, and navigate a slot canyon layered with snow and ice filled pools – all while in a canyon that was only three feet wide in places.
    Gusty, erratic winds hampered the short-haul efforts before the Grand Canyon helitack crew was able to successfully extract the man and a Zion rescuer. To further complicate logistics during the mission, LifeFlight AirMedical (St. George, Utah) was diverted from this mission to another one, but Classic LifeGuard (Page, Arizona) was able to fly the man to a medical care facility.
    [Submitted by Craig Thexton, SAR Coordinator]
  2. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Is that an X slot?

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    Thanks for posting up Rick. The effort involved to rescue this person is incredible, even if portrayed with a few words. Amazing job by the entire SAR team.

    Hope he recovers OK.
  3. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Unfortunate. I hope he is OK. Having been active in SAR locally for a while and having tended several litters on multi pitch raises and lowers, I understand how taxing, difficult, and time consuming technical rescues can be. It is no small feat. I don't think the oft unaware rescuees have any clue.

    Hats off the local SAR (no pun intended)

    WEAR YOUR HELMET. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to what you're doing.

    Be safe out there
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  4. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    Short haul and hoist is another beast altogether. I've trained and worked with (not for) IHC LifeFlight in winter and summer conditions. It's very fickle and extremely condition dependent to be able to pull it off. The people who do this work are professionals of the first order. My hats off to them
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