Woman, 70, Falls to Her Death in Grand Canyon

This was the 3rd falling death in 4 weeks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2019 3:12 AM CDT
Woman, 70, Falls to Her Death in Grand Canyon
Tourists hike along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.   (AP Photo/Rick Hossman, File)

A third visitor in four weeks has fallen to their death in the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park authorities say the 70-year-old woman died after falling around 200 feet at the canyon's South Rim, NBC reports. The park said in a statement that rangers received a report around 1pm Tuesday that somebody needed help at a rocky point near Pipe Creek Vista, but the woman fell "before a rescue effort could be undertaken." Officials say a park helicopter located the woman's body and a team of 15 people retrieved it.

This has been an unusually deadly few weeks at the Grand Canyon, which sees two to three falling deaths in an average year, the Arizona Republic reports. On April 3, a 67-year-old man fell to his death from a South Rim viewing point. A week earlier, a Macau resident fell over the rim to his death while taking photos at a site in the Hualapai Indian Reservation, outside national park boundaries. The body of another visitor was found in a wooded area near the South Rim last month, but authorities say that death did not involve a fall. After Tuesday's death, officials reminded visitors to stick to designated walkways and stay away from the canyon rim, the Arizona Republic reports. (More Grand Canyon stories.)

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