70-year-old Woman Becomes 2nd Person to Die at the Grand Canyon This Month
A 70-year-old woman fell 200 feet to her death at Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday. It is the second time this month that someone has fallen to their death at the national park.
Shortly after 1 p.m., park rangers received an alert that someone needed help at a point near the canyon’s Pipe Creek Vista. But the person fell “before a rescue effort could be undertaken,” the park said in a statement. The death is being treated as an accident.
A rescue team of 15 people and a helicopter located the woman’s body, which had fallen about 200 feet from the rim, later that afternoon. Park officials have not released the name of the woman, pending family notification.
On April 3, a 67-year-old man fell over the ledge at the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village near the Yavapai Geology Museum. Rescue teams located the body 400 feet from the rim.
In late March, another man fell to his death while trying to take pictures at the Hualapai reservation, located outside of national park borders.
A few days earlier, the body of a tourist was found inside the park in the woods near South Rim. The cause of death is yet to be determined, but the park said it was not a fall.
In the last year, 17 people have died at the national park. The leading cause of death is heat-related, a park spokesperson told NBC News.
Grand Canyon National Park is reminding visitors to stay on designated trail paths and to maintain a safe distance from ledges when visiting.