ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — The parents of a hiker who fell more than 100 feet in Zion National Park spoke exclusively to ABC4 on Friday—sharing their gratitude for Search and Rescue.
Twenty-year-old Nicholas Muzik is still recovering at the ICU at Dixie Regional Medical Center, but his parents are optimistic.
“He’s in God’s hands,” said Nicholas’ father Larry Muzik.
Beth and Larry Muzik came quickly from their home in Illinois to be with their son while he recovers. His rescue and survival has been called a miracle.
“His spine is good, his neck is good, he has a number of fractures, but he’s moving in the right direction,” said Beth Muzik.
“Took an initial fall of 30 feet, and hit really hard and fell and slid another 70 feet,” said Beth Muzik.
“In the second fall he took out a tree,” said Larry Muzik.
The rescue to reach Nicholas who slipped and fell near the summit of Zion’s Lady Mountain took most of the day Tuesday, with multiple agencies responding.
“We wish we could give each one of them a hug. One of them came to the hospital, and we were able to give them a hug and heard his story, and think it was John and Tim who got to him first, and they are wonderful wonderful heroes,” said Beth Muzik.
Nicholas is a senior at Wheaton College, majoring in Music Composition. His love affair of the west and majestic mountains brought him out —choosing to work at Zion for the Summer.
“He would not have words to show appreciation for people who sacrificed their safety, their comfort for his safety and his rescue,” said Larry Muzik.
The family’s faith helps keep them going. They know they’ll be in St. George for quite some time.
“We’re not sure if it’s weeks or months,” said Beth Muzik.
As people back home continue to pray and have started a fundraiser for the family—they’re full of gratitude.
“We’re very grateful for everyone in Zion, you know. In time you see how you start doubting people and doubting Americans, and I’m a fan of the people in Southern Utah, you guys are rockstars, a lot of heroes down here,” said Larry Muzik.