Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office has a few words for those planning on hiking the county – brace yourselves.
At 8:58 p.m. Sunday, a call arrived at the Utah County Search and Rescue Department indicating that there had been a hiking accident at Bridal Veil Falls.
A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew worked with the search and rescue team and the Sundance North Fork Fire Department to bring four people out of Bridal Veil Falls after a 19-year-old man from Idaho fell from 30 feet. He suffered relatively minor injuries and will recover from it, but he’s lucky to be alive, according to Cannon.
It took rescue teams until 12:30 a.m. to get everyone out of the falls side. The man was taken to a local hospital.
Photos taken at the scene of the rescue show the degree of danger that the 13 members of the SAR team had to face in the rescue.
Cannon said some of the hiking party wore only thin-soled sandals when scaling the face of the falls.
“Take some time to think,” Cannon said. He noted that last year during COVID-19 closures and again this summer, the search and rescue team saw a sharp increase in the number of hiking rescues they have performed. At least three times this year, he said, they’ve had to call in helicopter teams to help hikers rescue Bridal Veil Falls.
“Search and rescue teams statewide have seen an increase,” Cannon said. “We had 15-20 more calls (than usual).”
Although the teenager’s injuries are not life threatening, a fall from 30 feet on rocks can be fatal, according to Cannon.