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1 hiker dead, 1 missing after canyon floods


One man is dead and another is still missing after floodwater­s poured into a slot canyon in southern Utah, endangerin­g three groups of hikers who had to be hoisted out via helicopter Tuesday.

Kane County Sheriff ’s Lt. Allen Alldredge said the man who was found dead and the man who remains missing were among a group of three hiking south to Lees Ferry across the Utah-Arizona border. The third man was rescued and taken to the hospital, where he was being treated for hypothermi­a and bodily injury after days of exposure.

The hikers were on a multiday trek from Wire Pass to Lees Ferry through Buckskin Gulch’s sandstone features that includes multiple narrow slot canyons.

The hikers’ names were not released. Alldredge said the dead man was from the Tampa area.

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