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National park looking for, saves costs millions, figures show

A short walk or a free shuttle bus from the main parking at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Mather Point, which offers spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.

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Search and rescue operations in America’s national parks will cost taxpayers more than $3 million last year, with the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Yosemite in California is leading the way for the most reported incidents, according to National Park Service statistics.

The Grand Canyon of the 290 search and rescue (Sar’s) were a full 10 percent of the people who carried out nationwide, while Yosemite’ s 233 operations were 8 percent of the total, the statistics showed.

Nationwide, these transactions involved more than 71,000 hours of work for park service employees, and an additional 12,300 hours of operation for non-employees, such as volunteers, soldiers, or other external sources, the park service figures revealed.

In the national park system 159 fatalities reported last year, good for 5.5 percent of the total SAR incidents. Earlier this month, two climbers came down from Yosemite’s El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical rock-face, Fox News reported, citing information from the park officials.

In Utah, 324 SARs in the state’s national parks last year represented an increase of almost 70 percent since 2014, with the people in their 20s are the most likely people in need of help, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

GENDER national statistics of 2890 total reported search and rescue (SAR) operations in 2017.

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Zion and Bryce Canyon, the “granddaddies” of Utah’s national parks, where most of the visitors in trouble. Rangers picked up 114 people in Zion last year, which was 42 percent jump from three years ago, the report said.

The San Rafael Swell, a huge, steep geological feature, is located in south-central Utah about 30 miles west of Green River.

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Smaller Bryce Canyon saw a strong increase of 19 SARs in 2014 to 86 of such operations last year, the newspaper reported.

For those 86 operations, staff and volunteers, who allegedly almost 860 hours of searching for or rescuing distressed visitors, cost the park service about $32,000.

COST statistics nationwide for 2890 total reported search and rescue (SAR) operations in 2017.

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The Beehive State’s national park units were 12 fatalities in 2017, that was eight in 2014, the Tribune reported.

Nationally, a total of 2,890 SARs reported last year and 49 percent (1,174) the involvement of men, and 19.3 percent (656) the involvement of people in their 20s, the NPS reported.

AGE statistics rural 2890 total reported search and rescue (SAR) operations in 2017.

(National Park Service)

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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