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‘Right place at the right time’: BYU student credited with saving classmate on Bridal Veil Falls

Chandler Doerr

Zander Smith works to unfastened Kendall Barlow, who were given caught rappelling at Bridal Veil Falls on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

PROVO — A BYU student who was stranded whilst rappelling Bridal Veil Falls did not have a lot time left when a fellow student stored him from the chilly waters, in step with rescue crews.

Kendall Barlow, 22, of Orem, were given caught in the major phase of the waterfall Friday after a big knot in his rope averted him from descending any farther.

“All I could think was, ‘get out from the water, get away because it’s so cold,'” Barlow stated of the hour he spent dangling in the falling water. “Any longer and I would have been unconscious.”

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Zander Smith works to unfastened Kendall Barlow, who were given caught rappelling at Bridal Veil Falls on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon showed Barlow’s scenario was once dire.

“He was very hypothermic,” Cannon stated.

Barlow attempted to flee the water for approximately an hour by means of kicking in opposition to the rocks, Cannon stated. It was once at that point that fellow BYU student Zander Smith arrived and discovered that Barlow was once trapped about midway down the 200-foot descent.

Smith, 24, of Hamilton, Montana, jumped into motion and reduced himself subsequent to Barlow to evaluate the scenario.

“He was to the point where he wasn’t even shaking anymore, but like his lips were blue,” Smith stated. “He was obviously really cold and obviously nervous being up there.”

Smith stated he labored briefly to glue himself to Barlow and try to untangle the knot.

Utah County Sheriff’s Office

A member of the Utah County Sherif’s Office shows the knot that left Kendall Barlow caught in chilly waters as he attempted to rappel down Bridal Veil Falls on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

“The knot itself was about as big as a basketball, so it was pretty bad,” he stated.

But earlier than he may make any growth on the tangled rope, Barlow began going downhill briefly, Smith stated. His alertness light and he stopped answering questions.

“He just wasn’t really responding,” Smith defined. “When I’d ask him something he’d be mumbling or muttering.”

That’s when Smith used a knife to chop Barlow unfastened and decrease them each right down to the flooring.

“He saved his life,” Cannon stated about Smith’s efforts. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he save his life.”

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Zander Smith, left, and Kendall Barlow communicate and glance up at Bridal Veil Falls on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Smith rescued Barlow when his knot tangled and he were given caught rappelling down the falls.

Cannon stated Barlow wasn’t injured with the exception of for a couple of scrapes and bruises, and was once handled by means of first responders from the North Fork Fire Department.

“The good thing is that hypothermia is usually very easy to recover from,” Cannon stated.


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The two scholars, who met for the first time dangling dangerously in a waterfall, stated the enjoy has bonded them for lifestyles.

“I feel for him,” Smith stated. “It’s a difficult situation. It’s a difficult climb and it can happen to anyone.”

Both males stated they prayed for a protected end result all over the ordeal and consider that Smith, who has some coaching in seek and rescue, was once intended to reach when he did.

“Definitely in the right place at the right time,” Barlow stated. “I could say, ‘thank you,’ but it’s not enough. I don’t think it will ever be forgotten.”

Contributing: Liesl Neilsen

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