Zion National Park: Rescue teams continue search for hiker in Utah after flash flood

More than 20 people searched for Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson, Arizona, near the Virgin River in Zion National Park on Saturday, park officials said.

Rangers received a report Friday afternoon that several hikers were « swept away » by a flash flood in the Narrows near the Sinawava Temple, a park news release said.

« Park rangers and other members of Zion’s search and rescue team responded quickly to this event, and we are continuing our efforts, » Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said.

Rangers found an injured hiker who had been carried several hundred yards downstream, the statement said. This person was taken to hospital for treatment.

« Other rangers hiked Riverside Walk and found several hikers isolated by high water on high ground, » the statement said. « The Rangers ordered them to stay put until the water receded and then helped them to safety. »

Rangers also interviewed groups of visitors leaving the Narrows and Riverside Walk to ensure no one was missing, the statement said. Officials later learned that Agnihotri was late from a trip to the Narrows.

The affected areas are closed to public access.

Several states are under flood watch through Sunday morning. The storms were expected to move into the Southern Plains region and into Louisiana over the weekend.

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