Six Teens and Two Adults Rescued from Bell Canyon


SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Eight people had to be rescued Tuesday night from Bell Canyon after what was supposed to be a nice boys hike with the Murray High School hockey team.  

However, after six hours passed, Kim Rodgers became concerned about her 17-year-old son Cameron and his team.

“I was worried about him and didn’t get a phone call and then he called me at like 7, well his friend called me, and said Cameron’s been hurt,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers says Cameron had a broken ankle. Unified police deployed search and rescue to find Cameron who they say hurt himself after attempting to jump across a creek,  lost his footing and fell.  Luckily, the boys had their coaches with them.

” Fortunately, we had cell service, that was critical, quickly called 911 got them on the line immediately, “said Jim McKenna, the Murray High School Hockey Coach.

The steep terrain and runoff made for a challenging hike and with a broken ankle, a chopper had to be called in to rescue the team of six and their two coaches.

“They were properly supplied just not necessarily supplied to stay overnight,” said Lt. Lex Bell with the Unified Police Department.

Cameron’s mom is happy her son made it home safe and sound.
“Hiking this extensive hike, I’m just grateful that he’s not as bad off as we thought it was going to be.” said Rodgers.

Unified Police Department tells Good4Utah they have made 16 rescues in Salt Lake County this year so far.

From a cost perspective,, search and rescue is all volunteers who also use their own equipment,  so it’s on their own dime.

However, UPD says when personnel becomes involved that’s when it starts costing into the thousands of dollars. Additionally, when the Department of Public Safety has to deploy a chopper it’s anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000. As for Air Med, they absorb the cost as a service to the community.

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