- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a woman’s condition has improved after being rescued following a 50-foot fall in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/29tLrB8 ) that Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell says 18-year-old Abigail Ward of Salt Lake County was hiking with her 15-year-old brother when she slipped and fell on Wednesday afternoon.

Bell says Ward landed in a pool of water and was still unconscious when she was hoisted out by a medical helicopter.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, where her condition was upgraded from critical to serious late Wednesday.

Bell says Ward’s brother was able to rescue his sister from the water, call 911 and give his GPS coordinates to emergency responders.

He says the pair seemed prepared for the hike but encountered “tragic circumstances.”

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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