Hiker ‘lucky to be alive’ after slipping on ice and stranding in Provo Canyon

Photo: North Fork Fire Department Facebook Page

PROVO CANYON, Utah, May 22, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Rescue teams say a hiker who slipped on ice and was stranded on a cliff in Provo Canyon is “lucky to be alive “after being hoisted to safety on Sunday.

“Our patient was in grave danger and lucky to be alive,” the North Fork Fire Department said in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. “If she had fallen more, it wouldn’t have been.”

Officials say the hiker was “clinging to a rock” after slipping on an ice-covered scree field. She was hoisted by an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter and treated by paramedics at the scene for hypothermia and minor injuries before being released, firefighters said.

It took crews around 2.5 hours to rescue the hiker, the post said. Search and rescue teams from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the rescue, firefighters said.

Just before 8 p.m., firefighters reported another rescue in progress involving a hiker stuck on a cliff on Mount Timpanogos.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was assisting in the rescue.

As the hikers ended up in areas they couldn’t get out of without assistance, rescue teams noted in a Facebook post that they were prepared, which “greatly benefited” the rescue.

“They all had at least one partner or group,” the North Fork Fire Department said on its Facebook page. “If these hikers had been on their own, chances are they would still be there and worse as the temperatures drop.”

The stranded hikers also had water and food, they were dressed appropriately and their cellphones were charged, the post said.

When “hiking alone or in a group, reduce your fuel consumption,” the fire department says. “This is in case you need to speak to emergency officials and so they can reach you for instructions. You are in the beautiful mountains anyway, put the cell phone away unless taking pictures!”

Hikers involved in Sunday’s rescues also remained calm, according to the Facebook post.

“Mother Nature is constantly changing, and while we plan for everything, we are never 110% planned for the scenario before us,” the post continues. “However, we are always 110% ready and willing to provide assistance when needed, and in order to facilitate our work in these situations, it is imperative that we remain calm.

“Enjoy the miraculous spring weather we are blessed with! Just be sure to enjoy responsibly and pack some supplements for the unknown situation! »

For those walking alone, public safety officials recommend telling someone where you will be and when you should be back.

The North Fork Fire Department provides fire suppression and prevention services and emergency medical services to residents and visitors to the North Fork and South Fork areas of Provo Canyon.

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