Deaths in Zion Narrows - Mountain Buzz

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Old 04-26-2010   #1
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Deaths in Zion Narrows

Were any Mountain Buzzer in the Narrows this last weekend?

Detectives at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are assisting Zion National Park with the investigation of two deceased males found within the Park today. The individuals were discovered in the Virgin river near the Gateway to the Zion Narrows. The identities of the males are still unknown at this time.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue has been working with Zion National Park in an effort to locate two missing men. The search began on Sunday when the two men, who were believed to be floating a raft down the Virgin River through the Narrows, were overdue their expected completion time.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office works in conjunction with the Office of the Medical Examiner, and Zion National Park when investigating fatalities that occur within the Park.
Please contact Zion National Park for any further information regarding these incidents.
posted by Nate Abbott on 04.26.10 @ 2:42 pm

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Old 04-27-2010   #2
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this was being discussed in this thread but you might not know that:

here is a more recent article from salt lake tribune

Two men from Nevada died in Zion National Park after trying to navigate the Virgin River on a makeshift raft.

The raft was made of logs, said park spokesman Ron Terry, and the two men, both in their 20s, put into the river without seeking a permit from park rangers. The men were trying to navigate the river through the stretch known as the Narrows.

Terry said the Virgin River was flowing at least 200 cubic feet per second through the Narrows -- fast enough that someone could not stand up in the water. Neither man appears to have been wearing a flotation device, Terry said.

Terry said the men were from the Las Vegas area, but their names were not disclosed Monday afternoon.

The men were reported overdue on Sunday morning and a search began later that day.

The first body was located in the north fork of the Virgin River, near the gateway to the Narrows, around 9 a.m., according to a news release from the National Park Service. A few hours later, the second body was discovered near the Big Bend shuttle stop, about two miles downstream.

Terry said anyone wanting a permit to travel that stretch of the Virgin River must be aboard a craft capable of navigating white water. Typically, that's a kayak, Terry said.

Terry said a medical examiner will determine what killed the men.
these were obviously not boaters, nor prepared, but tragic nonetheless.
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Thanks for the update Mania
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