ZION NATIONAL PARK -- A 38-year-old man stranded overnight after breaking his ankle in a fall in a slot canyon was rescued Sunday morning at Zion National Park in southern Utah.
The hiker, whose name wasn't immediately released, was flown by helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for treatment.
Park officials say they were notified of the accident in the Left Fork of North Creek late Saturday afternoon and the rescue was delayed by a flash flood warning.
They say rescuers hunkered down near the top of the canyon until the warning passed, and weren't able to reach the man until late Saturday night.
Due to the severity of the man's ankle injury, rescuers decided to stabilize him where they found him and wait with him through the night.
Officials say the man was "extremely lucky" his injuries were not worse, and are urging hikers to use caution when rain is predicted in flash flood-prone areas.