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Man dead after suspected cardiac even at Zion National Park

Jan 26, 2024, 7:29 PM

Zion National Park fatal...

File photo of Zion National Park search and rescue vehicle. A California man is dead following a suspected cardiac event at Zion National Park Friday. Authorities still investigating. (NPS Image / Jonathan Shafer)

(NPS Image / Jonathan Shafer)

SPRINGDALE, Utah — A California man is dead following a suspected cardiac event at Zion National Park Friday.

According to a National Park Service news release, a 63-year-old San Diego man was found unresponsive on the West Rim Trail near Scout Lookout.

 

Rangers responded to the scene using medical equipment including an automated external defibrillator and a heart monitor.

After nearly an hour and a half of attempts to save the man’s life, rangers consulted a doctor. Following this, the man was pronounced dead.

“All of us at Zion extend our deepest condolences to this hiker’s family,” NPS Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said in the release. “We also want to express thanks to the bystanders who assisted by performing CPR.”

The West Rim Trail was temporarily closed during the incident.

According to the news release, based on the information available at this time, the man’s death is consistent with a cardiac event.

Authorities are still investigating the death at this time.

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