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Severe weather created a busy weekend for Grand County Search and Rescue

Jun 9, 2020, 3:21 PM
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MOAB– Heavy rainfall resulted in a busy weekend for Grand County Research and Rescue (GCSAR) as the team was called to help a handful of people in danger.

One person was reported missing after a flash flood hit Bartlett Wash. The person was found minutes later as Grand County Search and Rescue prepared to respond.

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Bartlett Wash

Roughly an hour after the flash flood in Bartless Wash, flash flooding began in Grandstaff Canyon. The floods trapped two separate groups of people on the wrong side of the creek. Grand County Search and Rescue located the groups who were able to safely cross the creek without assistance. 

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Grandstaff Canyon

On Saturday, GCSAR was paged to Poison Spider Mesa to aid a group of mountain bikers who were exhausted and out of water. GCSAR found the bikers, provided water, and followed them to the trailhead on Highway 279.

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Poison Spider Mesa

Minutes after being called to Poison Spider Mesa, additional GCSAR members responded to a climbing accident at Rock of Ages in Pritchett Canyon. A woman seriously injured her leg after she fell about 20 feet while descending down the rappel. She was treated by Grand County Emergency Medical Services and GCSAR carried the woman down the canyon.

Pritchett Canyon

The second member of her party was stranded at the top of the rappel and required evacuation by Classic Air Medical.

GCSAR reminds hikers to be aware of hiking in canyons during severe weather. Certain hikes can be extremely dangerous if rain is falling anywhere up the canyon’s drainage.

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Severe weather created a busy weekend for Grand County Search and Rescue