Missing walkers are found in Zion National Park – St George News

Missing traveler John Fiske Burg found place and date unknown | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

SPRINGDALE – A man who is said to have been missing for several days was found safe in Zion National Park on Saturday afternoon.

Search and rescue crews in Zion National Park, October 2, 2021 | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

At about 3:30 pm, flight crews from Nellis Air Force Base located on the 79-year-old John Fiske Burg over Lodge Canyon, according to a news release released by the National Park Service. Burg was treated at the scene and then taken to St.George for further treatment.

Burg was said to have been delayed on Wednesday after he was last seen the day before 7am leaving a La Quinta hotel in Kanab. Burg lived there with a group of 50 tourists and said he could climb Canyon View Way.

Friday afternoon, Burg was able to call 911 in Washington County and also left a voicemail message with his family.

“These calls have provided the SAR operators with the information needed to expand operations and monitor the designated areas of Zion National Park,” the media reported. “The 911 call he made was important and saved his life.”

Helicopter from Nellis Airforce Base in Zion National Park, October 2, 2021 | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

Zion National Park officials expressed their gratitude to Nellis Air Force Base, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue K-9 Units and Drone Teams, and all staff and volunteers provided support for the search and rescue.

“The National Park Service Investigative Services Branch Tip Line was instrumental in this rescue and Park Ranger appreciates all the support from the public and visitors to the park,” the release said. “This successful rescue would not have been possible without human expertise and resources.”

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