2 Hikers Rescued by Helicopter After Being “Cliffed Out” Near Salt Lake City, UT Yesterday

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Two hikers got lost and cliffed out above the Little Cottonwood Canyon “Park & Ride” parking lot yesterday.

They called for help at about 3:30pm MT yesterday.

The Salt Lake County Search & Rescue team sent a “hasty team” up to them and got the hikers extracted via long-line helicopter.

“Salt Lake County Search and Rescue got called out just after 3:30pm for 2 cliffed out brothers. They had been hiking/scrambling above the LCC park and ride and got stuck in a precarious spot in the cliffs. They were lightly dressed for the weather and had a space blanket that they were using to keep warm. A hasty team was sent up to try and access them, and 2 other teams were sent up different routes. Due to the cool temps and wanting to get the patients off the mountain before darkness the Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter was called. Our hasty team was able to make it to the patients and move them to a place where the helicopter was able to hoist them off the cliff. All teams were off the mountain around 8:30pm.” – The Salt Lake County Search & Rescue, 4/13/20

This was Salt Lake County Search & Rescue’s 9th rescue of 2020.

Other recent rescues:

image: salt lake county search & rescue, 4/13/20

Salt Lake County Search & Rescue Press Release:

Rescue #9
Cliffed out hikers Little Cottonwood Canyon
Monday, April 13 at 3:31pm
Salt Lake County Search and Rescue got called out just after 3:30pm for 2 cliffed out brothers. They had been hiking/scrambling above the LCC park and ride and got stuck in a precarious spot in the cliffs. They were lightly dressed for the weather and had a space blanket that they were using to keep warm. A hasty team was sent up to try and access them, and 2 other teams were sent up different routes. Due to the cool temps and wanting to get the patients off the mountain before darkness the Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter was called. Our hasty team was able to make it to the patients and move them to a place where the helicopter was able to hoist them off the cliff. All teams were off the mountain around 8:30pm.
image: salt lake county search & rescue, 4/13/20

Salt Lake County has issued an order stating “residents are discouraged from any outdoor recreation that poses an enhanced risk of injury or that could stress the ability of local first responders to address the COVID-19 emergency.”

If you do want to backcountry ski/ride from Salt Lake City, please follow the guidelines in the link below:

image: salt lake county search & rescue, 4/13/20

Salt Lake City “Stay Safe.  Stay Home” Order:

The “Salt Lake County: Stay Safe. Stay Home” order takes effect 12:01 Monday morning and stays in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 13.

The order includes:

* New stay at home directives.

* Closures of common gathering places.

* New rules for businesses that will stay open.

* Restrictions of food service activities.

* Clarification of essential businesses.

* Ensuring essential infrastructure is not impacted.

The intent of this public order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their homes or places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible.

You can find the Health Order on our website at https://slco.org/health/COVID-19/business/.

  • Salt Lake County major Jennie Wilson
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Salt Lake City “Stay Safe.  Stay Home”

Recreation Guidelines:

COVID-19 Prevention for Parks and Sports

• Children’s playgrounds are closed.

• Team sports, including pickup games, are prohibited.

• Do not share equipment with others.

• Sport fields and courts may be open but should be used individually or only by members of the same household.

• We encourage individual sports and activities that allow 6 feet to remain between people not in the same household.

• Recreational areas, including parks, trails, trailheads, dog parks, and sports fields and courts should be used only while maintaining 6-feet of space between people not in the same household.

• Wash or sanitize hands frequently throughout the activity.

image: salt lake county search & rescue, 4/13/20

Backcountry Guidelines for Coronavirus Crisis:

Many backcountry skiers are not following guidelines set up to protect us from spreading Coronavirus via social distancing and only recreating within your very near local area.

Many backcountry skiers are not following guidelines set up to prevent injury to avoid creating an additional burden on our healthcare system.

image: salt lake county search & rescue, 4/13/20

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