Hikers descend South Kaibab Trail

Hikers descend South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park. 

A 69-year-old woman fell to her death at the Grand Canyon Tuesday, according to a National Park Service press release. 

At 1:05 p.m., rangers responded to a call that a person needed help near Pipe Creek Vista, which is a lookout located along a main road of the Grand Canyon's south rim between Mather Point and Yaqui Point. 

Before the woman could be rescued, however, she had fallen 200 feet below the rim. Using the park helicopter and a rescue team of about 15 people, rangers located and recovered her body later that afternoon.  

The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next of kin, and no additional information is available at this time.

The fall from the rim was the second such accidental death in Grand Canyon National Park this year. Another fatal fall occurred at the Eagle Point Observation area near the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe.

Park staff encourages all visitors to stay on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a safe distance from the edge of the rim and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks.

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