Humanity At It’s Best-Hikers Help Each Other By Forming Human Chain To Cross Swollen Utah River.August 05, 2017 11:52
This incident took place at Zion National Park in southwest Utah, as a group of hikers were making there way through the park’s ‘Narrows’ area. As the name suggests, the narrows are the skinniest part of the Zion Canyon, but it wasn’t easy for hikers to get across individually when the water started raging through.
With raising intensity of water around them,the hikers formed a human chain and eventually made their way back safely.
One of the hikers who formed the human chain said that it was a Powerful experience seeing people help each other through that dangerous situation.
honatan Gonzalez one of the hikers said that, rainfall stream transformed the hot and sunny day at utah’s red rock Zion National Park into waist high rushing river on Saturday morning.
“There is no way out ,you just have to go through,”said Gonzalez of Maui, Hawaii. He came with a group of his 15 family members, they turned back when they saw the current become strong during a river hike known as The Narrows, but they soon reached an area where water was higher.
Gonzalez and his brothers stood in the water to help the younger clan in the group from 1-8 years to cross the river. Strangers started to join them as they continued to help dozens of other hikers to cross the river who were chocked under the logs and debris.
Gonzalez took a moment to capture this memory into his cellphone. “it felt good, it almost made me teary, just seeing how everyone was helping each other”.
Zion closed the area later that afternoon after a flash flood warning. Ranger John Marciano says rangers work hard to help people out from such situations and they also warn people to watch weather reports and be careful of fast moving waters.
Anyone caught in risky weather should get to high ground immediately, especially in the river weather should get to high ground immediately, especially in the rivers where rocks can quickly become slippery.
Flash floods at Zion in 2015 was deep, narrow canyon that it killed seven people.
In Arizona dozens of hikers have been rescued from flood waters in recent weeks.