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It Was a Zion Employee Who Died in a Fall

It Was a Zion Employee Who Died in a Fall
November 22
09:09 2019

Angels Landing Trail (NPS)

Hiker Fall Victim Identified in Zion National Park

Park confirms Angels Landing fatality was a Zion Lodge Employee

SPRINGDALE, UT – Zion National Park confirms that the body found Thursday, November 21 was that of 19-year-old Savannah McTague. McTague, from Maine, was a Xanterra concession employee working at Zion Lodge.

McTague had been out hiking on Angels Landing with two colleagues late afternoon on Wednesday, November 20. She was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. by her colleagues who suspected she had fallen. Zion Park Rangers immediately began a search and rescue operation. At first light on Thursday morning, McTague’s body was found beneath Angels Landing. The injuries sustained were consistent with a high elevation fall.

Zion National Park and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. More information may become available once the investigation is complete.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the McTague family and friends,” comments Jeff Bradybaugh, Superintendent Zion National Park. “Savannah was part of the Zion family. This fatality has been especially hard on Zion Lodge and park staff.”


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Press Release:

SPRINGDALE, UT – At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, The park was notified of a missing hiker in the Angels Landing area. A joint investigation by Zion National Park and Washington County Sherriff’s Office is underway.

A Search and Rescue team started the search at daybreak this morning. They located the body located below Angels Landing is consistent with the age and gender of the hiker reported missing. Further information will be released once a positive identification is made and the family is notified.

Note from Lake Powell Communications:

It’s interesting to note that Angels Landing Trail was closed last weekend due to a rockfall, and was not expected to be re-opened until tomorrow; Friday the 22nd. But instead, on Monday they re-opened the trail way ahead of schedule.


It Was a Zion Employee Who Died in a Fall - overview

Summary: A Zion employee dies in the fall at Angels Landing Trail


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