28-year-old Tourist Dies After Climbing Over Safety Barrier at Grand Canyon Skywalk
The man's body was recovered on Sunday morning.
A man visiting the Grand Canyon Skywalk has died after apparently leaping hundreds of feet to his death, Grand Canyon West spokesman David Leibowitz confirms to People.
The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered by authorities Sunday morning after he climbed the bridge’s safety barrier and jumped around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the spokesman said.
The man has not been identified.
The Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge, is a popular tourist destination that extends 70 feet out of the rim of the Grand Canyon, according to its website.
It’s approximately a 500-foot to 800-foot vertical drop below from the bridge, the Associated Press reports.
The Grand Canyon, which sees more than 6 million visitors each year, has made headlines for a number of tourist deaths this year, including a visitor from China who stumbled and fell while taking pictures at Grand Canyon West’s Eagle Point and a Japanese tourist whose body was found that same month in the forest south of Grand Canyon Village, according to the AP.
A 67-year-old California man died in April after falling from the edge near the Yavapai Geology Museum, CNN reported, while a 70-year-old woman also fell to her death later that month, People confirmed.
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