Arizona man rescued from quicksand in Zion National Park

Arizona hiker rescued from quicksand in Zion National Park

Arizona hiker rescued from quicksand in Zion National Park

However, Utah highway patrol officer Wyatt Weber told CBS about the further complications of Osmun's rescue: "He was in water, running water, up to his knees". The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the man had been exposed in water for 10 hours. There were two snowstorms while I was waiting, just sitting in the water. It was just pouring snow, ' he recalled.

Osmun, 34, and his girlfriend, Jessika McNeill, made the rounds on national morning TV shows Tuesday, recounting their harrowing experience and their dramatic rescue.

Authorities say this happened February 16 on the Left Fork of North Creek trail. The man's leg got stuck in quicksand in a location that was about a three-hour hike from the start of the trail they were taking, called the Subway route.

Then he saw the ranger who tried using a rope and pully to get him out.

'There was no chance of moving it at all.

"I tried digging and that wasn't working, obviously - and we did try a couple sticks to try and... put a space between the sand and his leg and we couldn't do it", McNeill said. With no cellphone service in the remote area, they decided McNeill would have to go for help.

Osmun put on his best face as he encouraged her to get help, but said, "I thought for sure when she left that I would lose my leg. ..." I didn't know if I would see her again.

"I just felt relief I just felt like I was going to be OK", Ryan said. It was the hardest thing I've had to do, the scariest thing I had to do, ' she said to ABC News.

'I really wouldn't change anything or go back and change anything or do anything differently. "I did realize the fastest way to get back was not switchbacking and trying to stay on the ground, I just chose to swim down the river", she told "Today".

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McNeill said his leg wouldn't budge from the grips of the sand.

McNeill spent three hours looking for an area where she could call for help.

Park rangers immediately responded to the mouth of the canyon.

When crews located the man, they said he was suffering from hypothermia, exposure and other injuries, the press release said. It then took several more hours into the night before the man's leg was freed.

He said he was able to stand on his left leg, but the quicksand was up to his hip and right leg. "It was probably one of the worst pains I've ever felt", he told "CBS This Morning".

A helicopter from Salt Lake City launched during a break in weather on Sunday afternoon to bring the man to safety.

Rangers then spent the night with the patient in frigid conditions with four additional inches of snow overnight.

Battling heavy winds, rescuers were able to pluck the hiker, later identified as Ryan Osmun, from the river in the park, and the man was taken to hospital. He was then flown to an ambulance waiting nearby.

Osmun is expected to make a full recovery.

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