Re: Rick Kent injured canyoneering in Zion
How can you look so happy in this! The caption says
"Me shortly before helicopter short haul extraction."
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "tanya" <thunderbirdmail@...> wrote:
> Wow!!!! How horrible!!!! [:O]
> --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "explore_your_planet"
> explore_your_planet@ wrote:
> > Sad news from a friend canyoneering in Zion. :(
> > By the looks of injury he is likely still in St George hospital and I
> am sure would really appreciate some visitors and emails of support
> though this healing process.
> > Much thanks,
> > Donnie B.
> > From his website (www.rickkent.net) *warning graphic pictures.
> > Had a great time in Englestead Canyon on Friday. Saturday not so good.
> At the 1st rap into Gunsight Canyon a huge boulder next to the rappel
> station decided to roll loose and I was in the way. The good news is
> that I managed not to fall 200 feet down the exposed face. Bad news is
> my lower left leg was crushed resulting in numerous fractures. Since we
> hadn't yet completed the 1st rap Darija was able to go for help as I sat
> in a precarious position. NPS SAR decided to bring in a chopper and used
> a short haul lift to pull me and my rescuer off the face. At the
> hospital in St George it took a plate and 9 screws to reattach all the
> fractured pieces. The foot surgery went about as well as could be
> expected though one or two things couldn't be salvaged. The drive home
> from St George yesterday was miserable. Pain seems to be coming under
> control today finally. I'll be on crutches for a couple months. I'm not
> sure how long it will take before I can get back to hiking. Right now
> I'm really just thankful that the rock didn't kill me. I easily could
> have fallen 200 feet to my death. Guess that's about all for now. I need
> to get back to some rest.