GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (ABC4 News) – An elderly woman fell to her death at Grand Canyon Tuesday.
National Park Service officials said park rangers responded to a call reporting that a woman needed help at Rocky Point West of Pipe Creek Vista around 1 p.m.
Before a rescue effort could be undertaken, the woman fell. Using the park helicopter and a technical rescue team, responding rangers found the body of a 70-year-old female about 200 feet below the rim.
The park’s helicopter and rescue team, a total of about 15 people, recovered the woman’s body later in the afternoon.
The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Park service officials declined to give any additional information about the incident.
Several deaths have been reported at the Grand Canyon this year including a man who stumbled and fell while trying to take a photo from the rim.
Park staff encourages all visitors to have a safe visit by staying on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a safe distance from the edge of the rim and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks.