Tourist Survives 75-Foot Plunge at Grand Canyon

Dramatic rescue follows French teen's slip
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 1:22 AM CDT
Updated Aug 6, 2010 6:55 AM CDT
A park helicopter lifts the man, strapped to a gurney, out of the canyon.   (Grand Canyon National Park)
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(Newser) – A young French tourist is lucky his last word wasn't "merde." The traveler, 18, is being treated for wrist, ankle, and neck injuries after surviving a 75-foot fall from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, AP reports. Park ranger paramedics rappelled down to the man and strapped him to a gurney that was lifted out by helicopter. Rangers believe he slipped while taking photos from very near the rim, something they strongly recommend visitors avoid doing.

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