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Virginia man dies while canyoneering in Zion National Park

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National Park Service officials say a 31-year-old Virginia man died while canyoneering in Zion National Park.

National Park Service officials say a Chesapeake, Virginia man died last weekend while canyoneering in Zion National Park.

A technical search and rescue team responded to an emergency call Sunday in Heaps Canyon where they found two canyoneers stranded on a rock perch and 31-year-old Andrew Arvig suspended from a rope about 260 feet above the ground.

The group had become stuck as they encountered difficulty rappelling the final sections of the canyon.

Arvig was eventually lowered to the ground and pronounced dead by a doctor.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the National Park Service are investigating and a specific cause of death wasn’t announced. The other two canyoneers were rescued safely.