Drones and canine units assisted in the search for Ms. Courtier, who on October 6 after getting off the shuttle bus at Zion National Park in Utah went missing. Authorities said that she was safely found last Sunday after having been missing for two weeks.
Drones assisted in the search for a missing hiker in Zion National Park
Roughly 2 weeks ago when Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, set out on a hike in Zion National Park, she hit her head against a tree so so hard and disorientating that she was unable to seek help. She stayed close to the water which was crucial to her survival as it took almost 14 days for help to find her.
She was without food the entire time in Zion,” Ms. Chambers said in the statement, emailed by a family friend, Kelley Kaufman White, reports the NYT. “She was unable to take more than a step or two without collapsing. This prevented her from being able to seek out help. She told me she was so dehydrated she couldn’t open her mouth.”
In a statement her family said that they were ‘overjoyed’ that she had been found safe.
Ms. Courtier’s disappearance in Zion National Park set of a search by officials from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, park rangers, emergency service teams and volunteers. The various teams used drones and canine units, according to a statement from the National Park Service.
“We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope,” the family said on Sunday. “We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support. This wouldn’t have been possible without the network of people who came together.”
Zion National Park is well known for its rivers, canyons, and waterfalls. The park covers more than 148,000 acres in Washington, Iron, and Kane Counties in southwest Utah.
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