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Fatal fall reported at Grand Canyon's South Rim

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:23 p.m. HST, Apr 28, 2014

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. »  Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say a person has died after apparently falling off the South Rim.

Park officials say they received call shortly after 1 p.m. Monday about someone who had fallen off the rim at Mather Point.

A National Park Service helicopter located the body about 400 feet below the rim.

Park Service search and rescue crews are working to recover the body.

The gender of the body wasn't immediately known.

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

Park statistics show that about 4.5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year and an average of 12 people die there annually. An average two to three deaths per year are from falls over the rim.

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cojef wrote:
Been to the canyon a number of times, even attended a one week seminar using the Department of Commerce Conference Center near the Rim. Made sure I never got close to the edge. Am finicky about heights.
on April 28,2014 | 02:26PM
whatcanisay wrote:
Haven't been there. Are there signs or fences telling the people of the danger? Is the Federal government going to get sued because the person didn't know it was dangerous to look over the rim?
on April 28,2014 | 02:35PM
Paco3185 wrote:
Lots of places with no signs or fences; you have to use good old common sense!
on April 28,2014 | 03:13PM
Holomua wrote:
Only happens in Hawaii.
on April 28,2014 | 03:18PM
kiragirl wrote:
There are many locations that visitors can view the canyon isolated from the general public. It would be too cumbersome to fence off the entire canyon. Even in places where tourists frequent, one can go wandering off into dangerous ledges and fall into the canyon.
on April 28,2014 | 03:42PM
kuewa wrote:
OK am I the only one that had to look twice at that picture to figure out that it's the Grand Canyon and not something less grand?
on April 28,2014 | 04:15PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
LOL! I too did a double take. I'm sure there are much better photos that could have been used!!
on April 28,2014 | 04:53PM
SteveToo wrote:
Sorry to hear this...Lucky Grand Canyon is not in Hawai`i or the State would close it as being to dangerous and worry about being sued.
on April 28,2014 | 10:40PM
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