A 31-year-old woman, an overnight hiker in Zion National Park’s Naru, died on Wednesday after her husband left her to seek help due to freezing temperatures.
On Wednesday morning, shuttle drivers reported that visitors encountered an injured man and a woman, who were unresponsive, in the Narrows section of the Utah park.
The Zion National Park Search and Rescue team responded and found the man on the paved trail of the Riverside Walk.
He was then transferred to Zion Emergency Operations Center.
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Beyond the Narrows, others found the woman near the Virgin River.
The Narrows is the narrowest part of Zion Canyon, which the Park Service describes as a gorge with walls over a thousand feet high.
While first responders administered emergency aid, they determined she was dead.
A married couple — a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman — began a 16-mile permitted hike through the narrows from top to bottom on Tuesday, according to the park service.
The man reported that he became dangerously cold overnight and experienced symptoms consistent with hypothermia.
Temperature in the area Temperatures in Kanab fell below 20 degrees Fahrenheit late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and the National Park Service are still investigating the woman’s cause of death.
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After stopping about a mile and a half from the north end of the Riverside Walk, the man continued to receive help early Wednesday, while the woman remained.
Park rangers found him there while other visitors were helping him down the trail.
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More visitors away from the narrows administered CPR to the woman before search and rescue members arrived.
“The National Park Service appreciates the efforts of these visitors,” the agency said in a release.
More than 20 search and rescue team members were involved in the response.