Barefoot hiker and dog survive being swept 150 feet down canyon in flash flood: rescuers

A barefoot woman and her dog were rescued from a Utah canyon after flash floods swept the duo at least 150 feet down the gorge, authorities said.

“The subject reported that she had been trapped in the floodwater and swept 150 to 200 feet down the canyon,” the Grand County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team posted on Facebook. “He said she heard the flood coming and tried to get to higher ground. She reached a sandbar above the creek with her dog, but the rising water eroded the sand, sending her and the dog into the flood waters.”

The unidentified 38-year-old woman was rescued last Thursday night from Mary Jane Canyon in Moab Utah, the sheriff’s team said. The woman managed to send an SOS alert on her iPhone, a feature that shares a person’s location information with emergency services.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office received the woman’s emergency text message at 7:22 p.m. Thursday, but the alert only detailed the location, not the circumstances of the request for assistance.

“The service’s standard text message simply said that the person with the device needed help. It contained geographic coordinates, but no information about the nature of the emergency. The Grand County Sheriff’s Department of Search and Rescue was notified and a team of hikers was dispatched to start the canyon,” the search and rescue team explained in their Facebook post.

A barefoot woman and her dog were rescued from a Utah canyon after flash floods swept the duo at least 150 feet down the gorge. grand county sheriff

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Rescuers also deployed a Classic Air Medical helicopter to the scene, which searched from the trailhead into the canyon. The plane was able to spot the woman’s dog about two miles downstream from the original coordinates sent to authorities.

“The helicopter was unable to land in the canyon, but the crew transmitted its position to the SAR ground team. Rescuers reached the woman approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead at 9:25 p.m. She was unharmed,” the rescue team stated on Facebook.

Stormy weather and flash flooding caused the woman to take off her shoes and she began walking barefoot to safety. When she initially sent her emergency message on her iPhone, the woman told rescuers that she received a failed alert message and she believed she was on her own to find safety.

Arches National Park, a US national park in eastern Utah. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office received the woman’s emergency text message at 7:22 p.m. Thursday, but the alert only detailed the location, not the circumstances of the request for assistance. Getty Images/iStockphoto

“Believing her SOS had not been transmitted, she began walking barefoot through the canyon with her dog. Rescuers said that when they reached her she was “covered in mud from head to toe,” the rescue team stated.

A rescuer lent the woman a pair of shoes and “everyone returned to the trailhead,” according to the rescue team.

“Safety tip: Research your planned route thoroughly. Know the specific type of terrain you will encounter. Check local weather forecasts on the day of your trip. “Storms form quickly and can flood canyons many kilometers away,” the rescue team added.

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