Hiker Found Dead In Zion National Park After Husband Went To Look For Help

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A 31-year-old woman died during a 16-mile hike in the Narrows section of Zion National Park, according to a National Park Service press release.

The woman and her 33-year-old husband began their hike through the Narrows on Tuesday, according to the press release. The man said he and his wife grew extremely cold during the night and that they “experienced symptoms consistent with hypothermia,” the press release continued. (RELATED: Authorities Find Body Of Missing Hiker Swept Up By Massive Flash Floods)

The couple stopped a mile and a half from the north end of Riverside Walk, a paved trail that runs from the Temple of Sinawava to the Narrows. Early Wednesday morning, the man went on ahead to seek help while his wife stayed back, according to the press release.

Park rangers encountered the man on the Riverside Walk trail, where he was being assisted by other hikers, according to the press release. Prior to the arrival of the Zion Search and Rescue Team, nearby visitors administered CPR to the woman, who was unresponsive.

First responders determined the woman was dead after they attempted to administer emergency aid, according to the press release. Over 20 search and rescue team members were involved in the park’s response.

The cause of the woman’s death is currently being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner and the National Park Service, according to the press release.