Two people from the Park City area were injured in an ice-climbing accident in Provo Canyon Wednesday morning, emergency officials there said.

Tom Augustus, a battalion chief with Provo Fire & Rescue, said the man and the woman were climbing together on a section of Bridal Veil Falls known as Stairway to Heaven. Either the ice broke loose or they slipped, he said.

She was in critical condition, Eldon Packer, a sergeant in the Utah County Sheriff's Office, said.

She was flown by a medical helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake City. An ambulance took the man to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo with non-life-threatening injuries.

Details about the injuries were not released. The two are in their early 30s. It was not immediately known where in the Park City area the two reside.

Packer said the base of the ice is 300 feet above the floor of the canyon. The two were between 30 and 40 feet onto the ice, he said. She fell 30 to 40 feet and the man, who was below her on the ice, fell approximately 30 feet. The woman fell first, Packer said.

Augustus said the man called 911 at 9:24 a.m. reporting the accident. The Provo Fire Department, Provo Mountain Rescue and Utah County Search and Rescue responded with 30 rescuers. They set up a rope system to lower the woman down on a stretcher.

Stairway to Heaven is situated between 900 and 1,200 feet down the canyon from the main flow of Bridal Veil Falls.



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