Hiker dies after falling off Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. – One person is dead after plummeting about 400-feet off the rim of the Grand Canyon.

At around 1 p.m. Monday, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of an individual falling off the rim near Mather Point, located near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, spokesperson for the Grand Canyon National Park, said.

Crews in a National Park Service helicopter were able to locate the individual about 400-feet below the rim, Shedlowski said. Park Service Search and Rescue crews are working to recover the body.

The gender of the body wasn’t immediately known.

Mather Point will remain closed to the public until further notice.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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5 Comments

  • KanabCowgirl April 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    When I was younger my mom tied all 4 of us 2gether w/ a rope so we could help brace whomever slipped. We never did slip but, there was 1 time we had our cousin w/ us & she slipped. We all jerked back and she didn’t go over the edge. I remember it to this day. 25 ++ yrs ago.

    • Shay Winn April 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Your so lucky that you have such a smart mom.

  • Char April 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    And so the season starts…..
    Be careful people. It’s beautiful but deadly.

  • n.sathyanarayana May 1, 2014 at 3:10 am

    It is the duty of the National park staff to ensure the safety of the public. So they should baricade all unsafe areas where people visit.

    • KanabCowgirl May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

      If the park service was to do as u suggest then it would be Cost prohibited. The whole Grand Canyon would need those barricades that u suggest. Don’t know the exact mileage of the whole canyon but I know that it is way too many to barricade reasonably.
      And if they did barricade the canyon who would want to go there to see nothing but barricades? I know I wouldn’t.
      It is up to us people to use our heads to reasonable and safe. There’s also the possibility that that nice firm rock you step on could crumble unexpectedly & throw you. You do realize that the canyon is constantly changing and being re-sculpted so even then s point would make it impossible to barric

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