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Park rangers search for missing hiker after flooding hits Zion National Park

A hiker reported missing after floods swept through Zion National Park. Rescuers are searching for Jetal Agnihotri since Friday.



After flash floods swept through Zion National Park in Utah, rescue workers are still looking for a missing hiker.

According to a statement released by park rangers, more than 20 rescue workers are currently searching for Jetal Agnihotri, 29, who disappeared while hiking in The Narrows on Friday afternoon.

Apparently on Friday, Ms Agnihotri, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, became separated from her loved ones.

Pujan Agnihotri, her brother, told KJZZ he thought he saw her on camera holding on to a log.

She is unable to swim. Mr. Agnihotri expressed his concern for his wife’s safety to KSLTV, saying, “I mean the gushing water and all the debris and whatever it was in the water, I mean, I hope she’s okay.”

On Friday afternoon, park officials received reports that a group of hikers had been “sweptoff their feet” in flooding and immediately mobilized a large-scale response, as stated in the statement.

Many hundreds of yards downstream from the Temple of Sinawav, rangers discovered a hiker who had been injured after being swept away by the current. The National Park Service sent an ambulance to take the hiker to the hospital.

Other park rangers “hiked up Riverside Walk and found several hikers who were isolated by high water on high ground,” according to a press release.

Rangers told them to wait it out until the water subsided, then helped them to safety.

Finding out that Ms. Agnihotri was missing required talking to other hikers.

Park superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said, “Park rangers and other members of the Zion Search and Rescue Team responded quickly to this event, and we are continuing our efforts.”

Public access has been restricted to the flooded trails.

Several states are currently under flood watch from the National Weather Service.