The Springdale, Utah, News. After monsoon rains caused flash flooding in southern Utah, search and rescue teams continued to scour Zion National Park for at least one missing hiker.
A group of hikers needed assistance after being swept off their feet on Friday around 2:15 p.m., according to park rangers, who said they were able to respond quickly to the initial reports they received.
According to a park spokesperson, more than 20 rangers and members of the rescue team looked for other stranded tourists along the Virgin River.
A hiker who was reported overdue from a trip was discovered missing by park officials later that evening.
The authorities in Tucson, Arizona, have named the missing woman as Jetal Agnihotri.
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There have been no sightings of the missing hiker despite extensive searches.
Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh issued a statement saying, “Park rangers and other members of the Zion Search and Rescue Team responded quickly to this event, and we are continuing our efforts.” I’d like to thank the National Weather Service, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hurricane Valley Fire District for their ongoing assistance with search and rescue efforts in the park.
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Some areas of the park, particularly those situated along the Virgin River, have been closed off as a result of the flooding and ongoing search and rescue operations.
According to the FOX Forecast Center, rivers will keep rising throughout the week as rainwater flows into them.
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