Washington County Search and Rescue report 5 incidents Sunday, including 1 death

May 24, 2020, 8:06 PM | Updated: 8:08 pm
Search and Rescue...
FILE PHOTO: The city of St. George is pictured in May 2020. Washington County Search and Rescue Teams report five incidents in one day, resulting in one death. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)
(Matt Gade, Deseret News)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Washington County Search and Rescue (SAR) team reported five separate incidents Sunday before sundown — more than Darrell Cashin said he’s ever seen during his eight years as the sheriff’s office sergeant. Of those five calls, one mountain biker did not survive. 

“This has been pretty much just go, go, go all day long,” Cashin said to St. George News. “I don’t know what’s going on out there. All I know is every time my phone rings and it’s dispatch, I know it’s not going to be good.”

Five calls come in Sunday

The morning started with a call around 10:45 a.m. about an injured hiker on the Red Cliffs Hiking Trail. The male hiker was about 15-20 minutes into his trek when he injured his ankle. 

Luckily, Cashin said SAR teams — as well as Hurricane EMS — were able to get the hiker pretty quickly. 

Less than five minutes later, the SAR team received a call about a female hiker on the Anasazi Valley Trail (Tempi’Po’Op) who reportedly dislocated or fractured her ankle, according to Cashin. Emergency personnel responded to the call and were able to get the hiker out. 

Within the next hour, Washington County SAR were notified about a mountain biker near “Clavicle Hill” on the Bear Claw Poppy Trail. 

“We didn’t know why he was down,” Cashin said.

By the time SAR arrived, responders were already performing CPR. The team was met with an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter, a Gold Cross ambulance and emergency responders from the St. George Fire Department at the scene. 

However, the mountain biker — a 46-year-old male from Northern Utah — died on scene, Cashin said. 

Immediately after, the SAR team received two more calls came in requesting help — which was during the time St. George News was reporting on the story. 

One call was for a UTV rollover in Sand Hollow State Park. A male had either fractured his arm or separated his shoulder, Cashin said. However, he wasn’t sure of the details as it was still developing at the time of the report. 

The fifth call of the day was for a one-year-old girl whose family is located in a remote wilderness location near Little Creek Mountain. The child was reported to be “extremely ill,” according to Cashin. 

“The mother was having a hard time keeping her conscious,” he said.

Cashin says he’s thankful for Search and Rescue team

Despite the busiest day of his eight-year run, Cashin said he was thankful for his SAR team for being consistent throughout the calls. 

“I keep on looking at all my search and rescue people and they keep coming knowing that they are not getting paid,” Cashin said. “They keep showing up.”

Other Sunday news: 

Rollover crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured south of Fort Duchesne

Man rescued after falling off cliff in Uintah County

Police: Man turns himself in after killing Tinder date

Today’s Top Stories

All News

The US Senate has passed a bill protecting same-sex and interracial marriage. It now returns to the...
Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett

Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote

The bill does not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage. Instead, it requires states to recognize another state's legal marriage.
17 hours ago
The Utah Highway Patrol says that if you get into an accident while driving in snow, move the car t...
Simone Seikaly

What to do after a fender bender in snowy weather?

The Utah Highway Patrol said that, in all cases, safety is the main priority. If it's safe to do so, move your car to a shoulder or off-ramp.
17 hours ago
FILE: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes appears on a video screen above members of the Select Com...

Oath Keepers boss guilty of seditious conspiracy in 1/6 case

A Washington, D.C., jury found Rhodes guilty of sedition after three days of deliberations in the the nearly two-month-long trial
17 hours ago
Utah's Morning News host Tim Hughes discusses how to talk turkey and other requirements you'll need...
Tim Hughes

KSL Outdoors: Talking turkey (and knowing when not to)

You know about the gobble. But when to use it? And what about the purr, or tree call? Using any at the wrong time will doom your turkey hunt.
17 hours ago
The USA has beaten Iran at the World Cup and advances into the Knockout Round....
Matias Grez

USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with victory over Iran

Christian Pulisic's first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.
17 hours ago
homeless shelters and Homelessness in Utah...
Alejandro Lucero

Utah official says better coordination could help with homelessness

Homelessness continues to grow in big cities across the U.S., and Salt Lake City is not an enigma. Could focusing on mental health help curb the trend?
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Washington County Search and Rescue report 5 incidents Sunday, including 1 death