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Hikers safe after medical problem in American Fork Canyon

By Barbara Christiansen daily Herald - | Jul 3, 2014

A hiker is safe after suffering from altitude sickness in American Fork Canyon.

Utah County Search and Rescue responded to a call of a hiker who had blacked out on the Timpooneke Trail in American Fork Canyon.

The call came in a little after 6 a.m. Friday, said Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff’s Department. 

“It was a low-level search and rescue,” he said. “There was a group of six people who left early in the morning for their hike.” Two of them were separated from the other four.

“A female was suffering from altitude sickness,” he said. “She was not injured. They were able to resolve the problem.” 

Chief Joe McRae of the Lone Peak Fire Department said she was taken to an area hospital, likely as a precautionary measure.

All six of the hikers were able to make it out under their own power, Cannon said.

While members of the Search and Rescue were on hand, another of the hikers slipped on a snowfield and received scrapes and abrasions, but the injuries were minor, Cannon said.

It was a good result, he said, but both the day and the holiday weekend were still young and he hoped the good fortune would continue.

Daily Herald reporter Barbara Christiansen can be reached at (801) 344-2907 or bchristiansen@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @bchristiansen3.

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