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Hiker rescue operation shows teamwork among Magic Valley entities

“I think the hardest part was just trying to figure out exactly where she was”
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 5:50 PM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A rescue operation was underway recently, following a hiker stuck in the Snake River Canyon in the Devils Corral area.

Thursday afternoon Southern Idaho Regional Communications received a call about a hiker stuck on a rock ledge in the Devils Corral area who could not move. SIRCOMM dispatched the Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Rescue Team consisting of 10 members who are certified in rope rescue training.

“We go on several rescues in a year where we are just rescuing someone who is trapped and not injured,” said Stan Flint with Magic Valley Paramedics.

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Once the victim’s location was identified the SORT members immediately began to set up systems and sent a member over the edge to rescue the victim. They were then able to hook the victim into a harness and the two of them were both brought back up to the top of the canyon.

“I think the hardest part was just trying to figure out exactly where she was,” Flint said.

The SORT team did not work alone, the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue Team, along with the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office assisted throughout the operation.

The Magic Valley Paramedics SORT team said the things they do the best is they work with all different entities to have the best possible outcome.

Once the victim’s location was identified the rescue operation took 22 minutes. The entire call was completed in less than an hour.

SORT said it always makes for a good day when everyone comes out safely.

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