- A 67-year-old man was found dead in the Grand Canyon on Wednesday – the third fatality at the tourist destination in eight days, park officials said.
- Last Thursday, a man from Hong Kong stumbled over the edge of a rim, apparently while trying to take a selfie, according to CNN.
- Another person died last Tuesday, but the cause is still unclear, according to the National Park Service.
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The body of a 67-year-old man from California was found in the Grand Canyon this week, marking the third fatality in the popular tourist destination in eight days.
National Park rangers recovered the body Wednesday responding to a call that someone had fallen near the Yavapai Geology Museum on the South Rim of the canyon, NBC News reported.
Helicopter and technical rescue teams found the man’s body 400 feet below the rim, according to CNN.
The National Park Service and the Coconino County medical examiner are investigating the death, officials told NBC.
Two other people died while visiting the canyon last week.
Last Thursday, a man from Hong Kong stumbled over the edge of a rim, apparently while trying to take a selfie at the Eagle Point attraction, the site spokesman David Leibowitz told CNN.
Eagle Point’s horse-shoe-shape glass bridge overlooking the canyon has railing but no barrier between the visitors and the edge, according to the Associated Press. Signs warn tourists to keep their distance from the edge.
The Eagle Point attraction is at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai reservation, outside the bounds of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Two days before the Hong Kong tourist’s death, another person thought to be a foreign national was found dead in a forested area south of Grand Canyon Village away from the rim, the AP reported.
Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes, the park’s spokeswoman, told CNN that the cause of the death was unclear.
“On average, there about 12 fatalities in the park per year, but a small percentage of those are from fatal falls,” she said.
“The causes of those deaths range from heat, to drowning, to medical issues, and more. High elevation plays a role in some of the fatalities.”
Last year, the Grand Canyon welcomed 6.4 million visitors, the second most of any US national park, according to the National Park Service.
But the number of national-park employees across the US has decreased dramatically, making managing the parks more challenging, Phil Francis, the head of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, told NBC.
“I know that the parks are trying to do everything they can, the question is how much can they actually do with limited resources,” he said.
Francis also urged visitors to study the parks before visiting them to understand the safety hazards.
A Grand Canyon spokeswoman told NBC that visitors should stay on marked trails and avoid getting too close to the edge to enjoy their time at the canyon.