Three Orem teenagers were stranded on the side of a cliff in Provo Canyon for nealy 4 hours Monday. They were brought of the cliff by volunteers with Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.
Two 17 year old boys and a 16 year old boy, all from Orem, began a hike along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon Monday afternoon, October 8, 2012. They hiked west, climbing in steep terrain, until they were about a 1/2 mile west of Bridal Veil Falls. They got to a point where they realized they could not continue in the direction they were going and realized they could not go back the direction from which they came. They called the father of one of the boys and after he arrived and assessed the situation decided to call for help.
Dispatchers received the call for help a little before 9:00 P.M. Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to Provo Canyon near Nunn's Park. The boys were stranded on a three foot ledge several hundred yards above highway 189 and were precariously perched at the top of a cliff more than 200 feet high. After three hours of climbing rescuers reached the boys and gave them warm clothes and food. Once they recovered the boys were led down from the cliff along the same trail the rescuers had used to reach them. They spent more than four hours stranded on the ledge before rescuers reached them. While they were cold, they sustained no injuries and were taken home by their families.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912