A 29-year-old Indian-American hiker, who was swept away by a flash flood last week in Zion National Park in the US state of Utah, has been found dead, according to a senior park official.
Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson, Ariz., disappeared Aug. 19 when flash flooding swept away several hikers, forcing park rangers and officials to launch rescue operations, CBS News reported Tuesday.
Agnihotri’s body was found Tuesday in Zion National Park’s Virgin River after a thorough rescue by rangers, park superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said in a statement.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Jetal Agnihotri,” the statement read.
Zion National Park is one of the most-visited recreation areas in the United States, even though it frequently becomes dangerous and is subject to flood warnings by the National Weather Service, according to the report.
Flooding can create a hazard for experienced hikers and climbers as well as the many novices who have flocked to the park since the pandemic bolstered a boom in outdoor recreation.
Despite warnings, flash floods regularly trap people in the park’s slot canyons, which are as narrow as windows in some places and hundreds of feet deep, the report said.