17-year-old boy sustains head injury after fall in Provo Canyon

Jun 12, 2019, 7:24 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2019, 5:43 am
Hikers rescued Provo Canyon...
Search and Rescue teams rescue a teenager that slipped and fell during a hike at Bridal Veil Falls. Photo: Spencer Cannon

PROVO, Utah – A Search and Rescue team responded to a call in Provo Canyon Wednesday afternoon after a 17-year-old boy fell above Bridal Veil Falls.

The rescue team was from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Spencer Cannon says the boy sustained a head injury.  Cannon says the 17-year-old was hiking with a group when he fell about 6 feet Wednesday evening.  He says the victim never lost consciousness and was able to hold on to the rope, preventing a further fall and possibly greater injury.


“He was in a position where he couldn’t get down on his own.  We had search and rescue teams respond to get him stabilized, and life flight with the hoist capability was able to snatch him off the side of the cliff and bring him down,” says Cannon.

Cannon says the fact that the hiker was able to hold on to the rope is likely a reason he didn’t appear to suffer critical injuries, but his exact condition was not known late Wednesday night. The boy was lifted to the parking lot where he was transported by an ambulance to Utah Valley Hospital.


Cannon says Provo Fire and Rescue, North Fork Fire Department, and a medical helicopter responded to an initial call made around 6 p.m. Wednesday.


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17-year-old boy sustains head injury after fall in Provo Canyon