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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Follow-up: Missing Hikers Found Safe in Zion National Park

According to a National Park news release, the two hikers that were listed as missing in Zion National park have been found.  Evgenia Buzulukova, 25 from Roy, Utah and Jonathon Wilson, 28 from Portland, Oregon, were located in the Left Fork of North Creek (The Subway) last night, April 19, at approximately 10 p.m. in safe and stable condition.

The news release goes on to say...

"They eventually reached a point in The Subway where the very high and cold water conditions were such that they did not think it was safe to continue.  They decided to wait at this spot for help from other hikers who may be in The Subway.

On Tuesday, April 19, they encountered another group of hikers who were able to assist the couple through the difficult area.  The couple then joined the group for the rest of the route through the canyon.  They were eventually located that same evening at approximately 10 p.m. by a rescue helicopter from the 66th Rescue Squadron from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV.  Two squadron members were lowered down to the group and assisted them on the rest of the hike out.  They all arrived safely at the Left Fork of North Creek Trailhead at approximately 11 p.m.  Park rangers met the couple at the trailhead and determined that they did not require any medical attention.  After interviewing them, they were released. .... The successful conclusion to the search was in part because the hikers had obtained a backcountry hiking permit which included information useful to the searchers.  They also made a wise decision to wait for help in the canyon instead of attempting a difficult and dangerous obstacle that would have pushed the limits of their capabilities and equipment."

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