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Women dies, husband rescued after an overnight hike in Zion National Park’s Narrows

Just days before Thanksgiving, a married couple’s 16-mile journey across the Narrows in Zion National Park ended tragically.

Wednesday, according to the National Park Service, park visitors reported seeing a wounded man and an unconscious lady in the Narrows, a popular hiking area in the Utah national park.

On Riverside Walk, a route that goes into the Narrows, members of the Zion National Park Search and Rescue Team discovered a 33-year-old male. Others were already assisting him down the path.

He was escorted to the Zion Emergency Operations Center by the authorities.


Near the Virgin River, other team members discovered the man’s 31-year-old wife unconscious. The woman was receiving CPR from bystanders, but first responders pronounced her dead on the spot.

On Tuesday, the pair began their hike through the Narrows. The man said that he and his companions developed signs of hypothermia after being “dangerously chilly” overnight.

The pair halted around 1.5 miles from the northern terminus of Riverside Walk. The man stated that he resumed his quest for assistance early Wednesday morning while his wife remained where she was.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, and the National Park Service are conducting an investigation into the woman’s cause of death.

A lady from Tucson, Arizona was discovered dead in the Virgin River earlier this year after many hikers were washed away by flash floods in the Narrows.

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