Visitor fatality at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – At approximately 12:10 pm Sunday, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an unconscious man in the vicinity of Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

When rangers and paramedics arrived on scene, CPR was in progress and an automated external defibrillator was in use. All efforts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful.

The 82-year-old man, Khushalbai F. Patel of Pleasanton, California, was visiting the park with his family.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

No further information is available at this time.

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1 Comment

  • R. May 27, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Your headline makes it appear as though there was some kind of accident, the story lends to a medical emergency such as a heart attack. Another fall would be bad publicity for the park.

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