Sheriff Bulletin

PRESS RELEASE: Hiker Rescue – Thunderbird Gardens

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For Immediate Release:
Date: 02-23-17
RE: Hiker Rescue


On 02/22/17 at approximately 5:20pm deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an injured hiker who was stuck on a cliff above the Thunderbird Gardens Trail near Cedar City. Deputies arrived on scene and located a friend of the hiker at the base of the cliffs. The hiker, Kennedy Hunt, is a 19year old female college student from Nevada. She was injured while climbing up the cliffs with another friend when a large rock fell and hit her in the knee. She was unable to get back down the cliff. Upon arrival Deputies were able to locate Kennedy a significant distance up cliff face from the base. Iron County Sheriff’s Office Ropes Rescue and Search and Rescue teams were called out as was Gold Cross EMS services. Rescue units had to trek approximately two miles up extremely rugged terrain to get to Kennedy. Despite the onset of a snow storm, the combined efforts of members of all of these groups contributed to a successful rescue operation was performed and they were able to get Kennedy off the side of the cliff. Kennedy was attended to on scene by Gold Cross EMS and then left the area in a private vehicle.

For more information contact:
Sgt. Nik Johnson
Iron County Sheriff’s Office
435-867-7500 Office
435-867-7550 Dispatch


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