A 70-year-old woman has died after she fell to her death in the Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday afternoon, park officials have confirmed in a statement.
The woman, whose name has not been made public, had reportedly been walking about 200 feet (60 metres) off a trail at a highly-visited area before she fell.
According to the statement, park rangers received a call just after 1pm claiming a tourist needed help at a rocky point west of Pipe Creek Vista. But the woman fell before park rangers could undertake a rescue. The park’s helicopter and rescue team, a total of about 15 people, recovered the body.
“The fall from the rim was the second such accidental death in the park this year in Grand Canyon National Park,” the park officials said in the press release.
“Park staff encourage 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.”
The death comes just weeks after a 67-year-old American man died earlier this month after falling over the edge of the Grand Canyon, near the Yavapai Geology Museum.
Meanwhile, a man in his late 50s from Macau, China, fell 1,000 feet from Grand Canyon West’s Eagle Point on March 28, just outside the park’s boundaries, People reports.
And days before that, on March 26, a Japanese tourist was found dead near Grand Canyon Village, the news outlet reports.