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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hikers Missing in Zion National Park

Zion National Park rangers, park employees and volunteers are currently conducting a search for two missing hikers, 25 year-old Evgenia Bruzulukova from Roy, Utah and Jonathon Wilson, 28, from
Portland, Oregon. The pair had a backcountry permit for a one-day trip through Russell Gulch and the Left Fork of North Creek (known as "The Subway") on Saturday, April 16. 

Bruzulukova and Wilson were last seen by park visitors on Saturday morning at the head of Russell Gulch. Rangers began searching for them on Sunday, after the couple’s vehicle was discovered at the Left Fork of North Creek Trailhead. The trip that they had undertaken involves several 100-foot rappels and swimming through the Left Fork of North Creek. Streams in the area are currently running very high and cold due to runoff from snowmelt.

The search effort also includes assistance from a helicopter, dog teams and multiple ground search teams.

Anyone with information concerning the missing hikers or who thinks they may have seen them are being asked contact Zion National Park Dispatch at 435-772-0178.  You can read one of many news articles about this search and see photos of the missing hikers at http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/apr/19/crews-search-2-missing-hikers-zion-national-park/.

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Of course, this is just one of many ongoing Search & Rescue missions throughout the world. You can see a feed of SAR news headlines on the Backcountry Rescuer website.

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