DPS helicopter, SAR crews recover hiker’s body from Little Cottonwood Canyon

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah, Sept. 12, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The body of a hiker was recovered Sunday after it was spotted and called in by group of hikers in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The victim, whose name, age and gender have not been released, fell while on the east face of Dromedary Peak, a statement from Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office Search and Rescue says.

SAR crews were called out at 11:10 a.m. Sunday for an operation that ultimately took four hours, says the SAR Facebook post, issued at 4:32 p.m.

“A party attempting the Cottonwood Traverse came across a fallen hiker on the east face of Dromedary Peak,” it says. “The hiker had perished in the fall. They were on a steep scree field 200 feet below the summit.”

A scree is a slope covered with small, loose stones.

“The Department of Public Safety helicopter was called to help with the recovery. The helicopter flew in two SLCOSAR members who were able to hike to the victim and package them so that the helicopter was able to pick the victim up and transport them to Alta. The helicopter then came back and flew the two SAR members out.

“Condolences to the friends and family.”

The body of a hiker was recovered Sunday after it was spotted and called in by group of hikers in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Image: Google Maps

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