Dish soap helps rescue woman stuck hours in narrow canyon
Aug. 18, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a gallon of dish soap and plenty of rope helped them rescue a woman stuck for nearly 12 hours in a narrow slot canyon in the Utah wilderness.
Sheriff's deputies say the 24-year-old woman became wedged so tightly in Zero Gravity Canyon while on a hiking trip with her husband Wednesday afternoon that she could hardly breathe.
Crews carefully lowered rescuers into the canyon, but the first the first rope system they rigged up to haul her out caused her more pain.
Rescuers then brought in the dish soap and wriggled her out with a see-saw motion.
She was flown her to a hospital early Thursday morning. The canyon is about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City.
The Emery County Sheriff's Office says this is the second rescue of the summer in the canyon.