LOCAL NEWS

UPDATE: Two men dead after rappelling incidents in Emery County

Apr 18, 2022, 3:02 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:29 pm
(Used by permission, Emery County Search and Rescue)...
(Used by permission, Emery County Search and Rescue)
(Used by permission, Emery County Search and Rescue)

EMERY COUNTY, Utah — Emery County Search & Rescue responded to two separate fatal rappelling incidents involving people falling off cliffs this Easter weekend.

The first incident happened Friday as 50-year-old Craig Barlow from Salt Lake City fell off a cliff in the Upper Black Box area. Officials say Barlow was sitting on a boulder while his friends were rappelling down a ledge when the boulder fell loose, causing him to fall about 50 feet.

When search and rescue crews arrived, they began treating Barlow at the scene. Crews tried to airlift him out of the canyon, but officials say they were unable to due to difficult terrain. Barlow was eventually carried out of the canyon as crews could get him airlifted from a better position and transported to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The second incident occurred the next day as another man fell off a cliff. Officials say 41-year-old Arlo Lott from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, fell about 70 feet while rappelling at the Farnsworth Canyon.

Air support was called in to help find Lott but had to leave due to the dangerous high winds.

Officials say rescue crews reached Lott by rappelling to him. They started to prepare for an airlift as they called in air support again but couldn’t reach them as the high winds continued.

Unfortunately, Lott’s condition worsened as crews tried to get him out of the canyon. They performed lifesaving measures for about one hour before pronouncing him dead at the scene.

“Emery County Sheriff’s Office expresses sincere condolences to the families and friends of these two men,” read a press release Monday afternoon from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office. “We also appreciate all agencies who responded to these two tragic accidents.”

Classic Air, State DPS, and Wasatch Front helicopters helped in these incidents with Emery County SAR and Goblin State Park personnel.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

File photo...
Matt Gephardt

Passenger says Priceline promised first-class tickets but only delivered coach

When you pay for a first-class ticket, you'd expect a first-class seat. So, what can you do when a third-party booking site sticks you into an economy class seat for the same price instead of the first-class ticket you bought?
20 hours ago
8-year-old Macie Hill who tragically died at a Kaysville 4th of July parade. (Credit: The Hill Fami...
Dan Rascon

‘She was the sweetheart of the family’; Kaysville family remembers Macie Hill

An 8-year-old girl is remembered in Kaysville as the “light, sparkle, and sunshine” of her family after her tragic death on Monday.
20 hours ago
Utah Highway Patrol cars watching the fireworks. (Credit: Utah Highway Patrol)...
Michael Houck

UHP: 5 fatal crashes, 2,500 drivers stopped for speeding July Fourth weekend

Utah Highway Patrol reports a 26% increase of cited drivers over the Fourth of July weekend compared to 2021. 
20 hours ago
Posters at the Department of Health and Human Services offers advice on preventing and getting over...
Jed Boal

How community postvention tool kit helps communities after a suicide

How our communities respond after a suicide death matters and that's why the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition created an online tool kit to help Utah communities respond after a suicide.
20 hours ago
FILE PHOTO (KSL TV)...
Larry D. Curtis

Utah motorcyclist killed after failing to navigate curve on state route

A man was killed Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving failed to make it through a curve, throwing him from his vehicle.
20 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

‘You could hear it just crackling’: Residents are thankful for firefighters quick response

"You know how you hear it, crackling like a little campfire? You could hear it just crackling,” Centerville residents are thankful for the quick response from first responders to the Deuel Creek Fire.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
UPDATE: Two men dead after rappelling incidents in Emery County