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Mountain Biker Found Dead After 200-Foot Fall In Washington County

Apr 14, 2020, 4:37 PM | Updated: 4:38 pm
A view from Gooseberry Mesa near Hurricane, Utah. (Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue)...
A view from Gooseberry Mesa near Hurricane, Utah. (Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue)
(Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue)

HURRICANE, Utah – A mountain biker was found dead after falling 200 feet near a popular trail about five miles east of Hurricane, according to authorities.

Officials with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said a group of mountain bikers discovered a bike on Gooseberry Mesa and saw an individual at the bottom of the cliff.

They immediately called 911 and crews used a drone to assess the situation from a nearby highway.

Search and rescue teams were able to determine the individual had died using the drone.

A couple of videos from the recovery. They really show "teamwork" really does make this all happen. So grateful for an amazing group of volunteers that train together to achieve this level of proficiency.

Posted by Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The mesa sits at an elevation of 5,200 and is popular for its sweeping views of desert mesas and the sandstone sentinels of Zion National Park, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this mountain biker during this difficult time,” officials said. “A special thanks to all of our SAR volunteers who performed professionally and efficiently during this difficult recovery.”

The incident occurred on the Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail, which is a system of trails that spread across the mesa.

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Mountain Biker Found Dead After 200-Foot Fall In Washington County