Search and rescue saves woman with severe leg injury near Kanarra Falls

Deputies with Iron County Sheriff's Office and volunteers from Iron County Search and Rescue help lower a woman with an injured leg down a waterfall in Kanarra Creek Canyon, Kanarraville, Utah, Aug. 7, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Volunteers with Iron County Search and Rescue spent a late night in a Kanarra Creek Canyon Tuesday night as they extracted a woman who injured her leg.

Deputies with Iron County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from Iron County Search and Rescue load an injured woman onto an all-terrain vehicle near Kanarra Falls, Kanarraville, Utah, during the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The woman had slid down a small waterfall just upstream from the main Kanarra Falls when she hit the bottom of the creek, said Lt. Del Schlosser, public information officer for the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. The water wasn’t as deep as she had anticipated, so her leg struck a rock at the bottom of the pool.

Schlosser said the woman either severely sprained or broke her leg. The call for search and rescue officials to respond came at 7:40 p.m. and the first responders were on the trail 10 minutes later, Schlosser said.

“Search and rescue consisted of a ropes rescue team as well,” Schlosser said. “The ropes rescue team was sent down to help lower her down the waterfalls.”

The woman was in good spirits, but she was in pain when rescuers extracted her from the canyon in a stretcher, Schlosser said.

Once out of the slot canyon, the woman was loaded onto an all-terrain vehicle. She was picked up by an ambulance at the trailhead shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

This 2016 photo shows Kanarra Creek flowing through the slot canyon on the way to Kanarra Falls, near Kanarraville, Utah, May 2016 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

There are two main waterfalls within Kanarra Creek Canyon that people can climb up on rustic ladders. The small waterfall that the woman slid down forms somewhat of a natural water slide that people often slide down into the creek, Schlosser said.

The area around Kanarra Falls is a high-rescue area that people should exercise caution while visiting, Schlosser said.

“Just be very cautious around that falls. Obviously, with the water we’ve had, it changes the creek bottom. With low flowing water, that can also determine the creek bottom.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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