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Woman dies on the top falling into the Grand Canyon National Park

Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. April 24, 2019, 1:45 UTC By Phil Helsel A 70-year-old woman fell to her death at Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday. She is the second person to die after falling over the canyon's rim inside the park this year, the park said. Park rangers responded shortly after 1 o'clock to a report that someone needed help at a rocky point west of Pipe Creek Vista, but "before a rescue operation could be accomplished, the person fell," the park said in a statement. The woman's name was not released pending notification of the next relative. Her body was restored about 200 feet below the rim. This is the third falling death in the Grand Canyon area over the past few weeks, although one of those deaths occurred at Grand Canyon West, located on the Hualapai reservation outside the National Park. On April 3, a 67-year-old man fell across the field east of the Yavapai Geology Museum within the park boundaries, which was the first top death in the park this year. A man from Hong Kong visited the Hualapai reservation outside the park fell on March 28 when he tried to take pictures, officials said. On March 26, a person died in the park near the South Rim, but it was not a case, and death is still under investigation, said spokesman Vanessa Ceja in Grand Canyon National Park. Tuesday's accident was the fifth death in the park this year,…

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A 70-year-old woman fell to her death at Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday. She is the second person to die after falling over the canyon’s rim inside the park this year, the park said.

Park rangers responded shortly after 1

o’clock to a report that someone needed help at a rocky point west of Pipe Creek Vista, but “before a rescue operation could be accomplished, the person fell,” the park said in a statement.

The woman’s name was not released pending notification of the next relative. Her body was restored about 200 feet below the rim.

This is the third falling death in the Grand Canyon area over the past few weeks, although one of those deaths occurred at Grand Canyon West, located on the Hualapai reservation outside the National Park.

On April 3, a 67-year-old man fell across the field east of the Yavapai Geology Museum within the park boundaries, which was the first top death in the park this year.

A man from Hong Kong visited the Hualapai reservation outside the park fell on March 28 when he tried to take pictures, officials said.

On March 26, a person died in the park near the South Rim, but it was not a case, and death is still under investigation, said spokesman Vanessa Ceja in Grand Canyon National Park.

Tuesday’s accident was the fifth death in the park this year, Sade Ceja. Last year, 17 people died in the Grand Canyon National Park, she said.

The majority of the deaths in the Grand Canyon National Park are heat resistant, Ceja says.

“It’s also a very drastic environment for many people,” said Ceja, who noted that the park encourages visitors to be aware of their actions.

The park said in a statement Tuesday that visitors should be on selected tracks and footpaths, Always keep a safe distance from the rim of the rim

Tuesday’s death is considered an accident, says Ceja.

The National Park Grand Canyon is one of the most visited in the national parks and in 2018 there were more than 6 million recreational visits. Helsel is reporter for NBC News.

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