Latest Newsletter🍵 Kelly Marie Tran in racism studyRead


Indian American hiker found dead days after she was swept away in a flash flood in Utah

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    An Indian American hiker who went missing during a flash flood at Zion National Park in Utah last week was found dead.

    The body of Jetal Agnihotri, a 29-year-old woman from Tucson, Arizona, was recovered in the Virgin River near the Court of the Patriarchs at the park on Tuesday, according to Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.

    Agnihotri was a graduate student at the University of Arizona. She was reportedly spending the last few days of her summer break with a group of hikers when they were swept downstream by floodwaters in the Narrows area of the park on Aug. 19. 

    The National Weather Service and Washington county had reportedly issued flood warnings that day. The floodwaters had increased the amount flowing through the Virgin River by up to 8,229 gallons when Agnihotri was swept away, according to The National Park Service.

    More than 170 emergency responders embarked on a search mission. Park rangers were able to locate all of the hikers except for Agnihotri, who reportedly did not know how to swim, according to her brother. 

    “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Jetal Agnihotri,” Bradybaugh wrote in a statement.

    Zion National Park, which is a popular recreation area in the U.S., is frequently hazardous due to flash floods. The flooding routinely traps hikers in the park’s hundreds of feet deep slot canyons despite warnings. 


    Featured Image via The Weather Channel

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal