DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah – A woman has died after a falling ice column trapped her while she was hiking with two other climbers in Raven Falls over the weekend.
The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office in a news release said that on Sunday, deputies were called about an ice column falling on three climbers who were trying to climb Raven Falls near Indian Canyon.
Deputies learned that one of the climbers pushed one of the other climbers, identified as a 21-year-old woman, out of the way and saved her life. The sheriff’s office said she was able to get down from the terrain, drive to Duchesne County and then call 911 for help.
The climber who pushed the other woman out of the way was identified by the sheriff’s office as a 41-year-old woman. She died after she got trapped by two big blocks of ice.
Her body was recovered by Duchesne County search and rescue times, EMS, local fire department volunteers, and volunteer ice climbers, according to CBS News.
“Our sincere condolences to all affected by this tragedy, to the family of this brave, courageous woman who lost her life while saving another. We hope that all may find comfort and all the warm support will prevail over your hearts while mourning the loss of your loved one,” the sheriff’s office said in the news release.
The woman’s name has not yet been released, according to CBS News.
A 34-year-old man was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries, CBS News reported. He fell about 40 feet.
The man’s current condition is unknown, according to KTVX.
This incident is reportedly the third deadly climbing incident over the last few weeks in Utah, according to People. On Feb. 18, a 17-year-old boy fell about 150 feet off a cliff at Hurricane Overlook. Another 17-year-old died days earlier on Feb. 10, after they slipped and fell about 30 feet on the Moab Rim Trail.