Woman dies on hike in Utah’s Zion Park, husband hospitalized

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — A woman died and a man was rescued and treated for hypothermia after they got caught in freezing weather while hiking in Zion National Park in Utah, officials said.

The National Park Service said in a statement Thursday that the couple were on a 16-mile (25-kilometer) hike through an area of ​​the park known as the Narrows.

The 31-year-old woman and 33-year-old man have not been identified by the park service.

Zion National Park’s search and rescue team responded Wednesday morning after shuttle drivers said visitors reported an injured man and an unresponsive woman in the gorge, the park service said.

The rescue team found the man on the trail with the help of other hikers and brought him to the Zion Emergency Operations Center for treatment. Rescuers moved up the gorge and found the woman near the Virgin River. The Parks Service said they provided emergency aid but determined the woman was dead.

The couple started their trek through the Narrows on Tuesday. The pair stopped 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the north end of the Riverside Trail, which is a paved trail. The man told rescue workers that they had caught a “dangerously cold” overnight and had symptoms consistent with hypothermia, the park service reported.

Early Wednesday morning, the man called for help and the woman stayed put. The park service said other visitors performed CPR on the woman before a rescue team arrived.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Park Service are investigating the cause of the woman’s death.

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