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Washington County search and rescue teams respond to 5 calls in one day; One fatal

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Posted at 9:01 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 23:01:45-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue teams responded to five calls to help injured people recreating in southern Utah on Sunday, one of whom passed away.

Sgt. Darrell Cashin with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 13 the first call came in around 11:30 a.m. for a man who injured his ankle while hiking in Red Cliffs Recreation Area.

Just five minutes later, they were called to help a female hiker with an ankle injury on the Anasazi Trail.

Around 1:30 p.m., a search and rescue team was called to Clavicle Hill south of Green Valley, where a man fell while riding a bicycle. He was unresponsive and ultimately passed away. The accident is under investigation.

Crews then responded to Sand Mountain around 4:30 p.m., where a man had possibley sustained fractures to extremities in a UTV accident.

About 10 minutes later, crews responded to Little Creek Mountain to help a 1-year-old girl, who Cashin told St. George News was "extremely ill."

“The mother was having a hard time keeping her conscious,” Cashin said.

Cashin said he can't remember ever before having had five search and rescue calls in a single day.

“This has been pretty much just go, go, go all day long,” he told St. George News. “I don’t know what’s going on out there. All I know is every time my phone rings and it’s dispatch, I know it’s not going to be good.”