Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Elderly woman latest to fall to death at Grand Canyon this year

Woman dies after falling 200 feet from Grand Canyon rim Elderly woman falls to her death at the Grand Canyon
Patty Aguilar | 27 April, 2019, 01:43

But before rescuers could get to the woman, she fell - and responding rangers found her body about 200 feet below the rim, a spokesperson told the station.

The first death was not the result of a fall, according to a park spokeswoman.

Shortly after 1 p.m., park rangers received an alert that someone needed help at a point near the canyon's Pipe Creek Vista. "That's when we began our rescue response, but before we were able to do a rescue she fell". The identity of the woman was withheld until her family can be notified.

Tuesday's death was the fifth inside the park this year and the second involving a fall from the South Rim.

Park officials used a helicopter to retrieve the woman's body.

Park officials said about 12 people die each year within the park.

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The incident comes less than a month after a 67-year-old man died by falling over a rim at the park. The death is being treated as an accident.

It's the third falling death in the Grand Canyon area in recent weeks, although one of those deaths occurred at Grand Canyon West, which is on the Hualapai reservation outside the national park. His body was found around 400 feet below the rim, the park.

Seventeen people died at the park a year ago, the Post reported.

"Park staff encourages all visitors to have a safe visit by staying on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a safe distance from the edge of the rim and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks", the National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday.

Two days earlier, another visitor died near the South Rim inside the national park, authorities said.

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