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PAGE -- A 32-year-old Greek man fell about 600 feet to his death Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook near Page.

 

Charalampos Grammatoglou, of Thessaloniki, Greece, was standing on a ledge of thin sandstone overlooking the picturesque bend of the Colorado River taking photographs when the ledge gave way about 11:25 a.m., said Lt. Ron Anderson of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office in Page.

 

Just before he fell, members of his party were yelling at him to get away from the edge, Anderson said Monday. The Sheriff's Office and National Park Service responded and verified Grammatoglou was deceased. Classic Lifeguard was launched, and a short-haul team from Grand Canyon Helicopters was able to retrieve the body, Anderson said.

 

The death was the first for the popular overlook in 14 or 15 years, Anderson said. The river is located about 1,000 feet below, at the bottom of a steep cliff. Anderson cautioned visitors against getting too close to the edge: "It's dangerous, anywhere along the ledges."

 

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