On Wednesday, April 3 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Grand Canyon National Park rangers responded to a call reporting that a visitor had fallen over the canyon rim east of Yavapai Geology Museum on the South Rim's Grand Canyon Village.
Responding rangers located the body of a 67-year-old male approximately 400 feet below the rim. The park's helicopter and technical rescue team were able to recover the body.
At this time the area is open and accessible to visitors. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner.
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This comes as the third visitor fatality in the Grand Canyon area in two weeks. On March 26, rangers responded to the fatality of a visitor near the South Rim. A spokesperson for Grand Canyon National Park told the Daily Sun Thursday that since the victim was international, it is taking longer to be able to release his or her information to the public. On March 28, a man from Macao, who was visiting with a tour group from Hong Kong, was taking pictures at an overlook at the Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai reservation when he slipped and fell to his death.
Grand Canyon National Park staff encourages all visitors to have a safe visit by staying on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a distance from the edge of the rim and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks.