KANE COUNTY, Utah — A second hiker’s body was found dead on Wednesday, many days after he and another hiker, who both passed away, went missing while hiking within a slot canyon in Kane County. The corpse of the second hiker was found just south of the state boundary between Utah and Arizona, according to an announcement made by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
Monday morning saw a group of three people, including the two guys, making their way into the slot canyon known as Buckskin Gulch. This canyon is located in both Utah and Arizona. In the course of earlier searches, a helicopter team was dispatched to the canyon, and they were successful in locating debris. Thereafter, they identified one hiker from the group, and they were able to rescue them from the canyon.
The man was suffering from acute hypothermia and needed to be sent to a nearby hospital. The search for the other two guys lasted until approximately four in the morning on Tuesday, when the crews took a break. The hunt for the guys, who were said to have prior expertise in Buckskin Gulch, was eventually continued at a later time.
At around 6:40 in the evening, the sheriff’s office provided confirmation that the body of one of the missing hikers had been discovered. In addition to this search, the sheriff’s office reported that during the past 48 hours it had been dispatched to rescue at least ten more persons from the same location, which is located close to “The Wave” on the Utah-Arizona border.
Buckskin Gulch is one of the slot canyons in the United States that is regarded to be one of the most perilous since it is almost 20 miles long and there are very few access or extraction sites along the way. As a result of the tremendous snowfall that the state has gotten over the course of this winter, flooding has been a big concern coming into the spring. Floodwaters have a tendency to swiftly fill the slot canyons in Utah, which may create hazardous situations for anyone trekking inside of them.
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