Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Grand Canyon sees third death in just over a week

Grand Canyon sees third death in just over a week

'The thoughts and prayers of every Grand Canyon West employee remain with the loved ones of this individual and the members of the tour group, ' the tourist destination said in a statement.

A 67-year-old man died after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, marking the third death to occur in the area of the famous national park in a span of eight days.

Another visitor sounded the alarm and the man's body was recovered about 400 feet below the rim by a helicopter and rescue team.

Park rangers responded to a call shortly before noon Wednesday that someone had fallen over the rim.

A park spokeswoman says it's the first over-the-edge death this year at the Grand Canyon.

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The tourist fell near the Yavapai Geology Museum, which is on the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village, according to the National Park Service. The man was snapping photos at the time of his untimely demise, said officials. At the start of this week, it was reported that a tourist from Hong Kong fell to his death while trying to take photographs.

Last week, two people died while visiting the canyon. The identity of the victim has not been released and the cause of death is being investigated.

A visitor died March 26, also near the South Rim.

(Mohave County Sheriff's Office via AP) This Thursday, March 28, 2019 photo, provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, shows the area where a tourist slipped and fell at the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation in northwestern Arizona.

Two days before that man fell to his death, another person was mysteriously found dead in a wooded area of the national park.

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