Another Death at the Grand Canyon
As Flirt and I were taking a long walk through the woods from our campground to Yaki Point, I heard emergency vehicle sirens. I thought it might be a fire at the nearby Visitor Center. A short while later a helicopter flew low overhead. Medical evacuation?
We crossed the highway to the South Kaibab Trail, and I saw yellow CAUTION tape across the trail. I asked a couple of park rangers exiting the trail if it was still closed. They said yes. I asked what’s going on, but they said nothing. But by this time I suspected that someone had fallen off the canyon rim, and two hikers confirmed it.
A few hours after I walked back to our campground, the story about the woman’s death appeared — Houston Chronicle. This story seems especially tragic as it sounds like the woman did not immediately fall to her death.
It was reported that the woman was off the trail by some 200 to 300 feet.
If you’ve seen my recent Grand Canyon posts, then you’ve seen the photos of people at or near steep drop offs — most of the times to get that “perfect” picture. It’s a wonder more people aren’t killed.
Makes me think that perhaps the fear of heights has some practical use. What makes people take such horrific risks?? I think the woman was 70 yrs old. Mary
*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 just after 1 p.m. to a report that someone needed help at a rocky point west of Pipe Creek Vista, but “before a rescue effort could be undertaken, the person fell,” the park said in a statement. **The woman’s name was not released pending notification of next of kin. Her body was recovered approximately 200 feet below the rim. **It’s the third falling death in the Grand Canyon area in recent weeks, although one of those deaths occurred at Grand Canyon West, which is on the Hualapai reservation outside the national park. **https://www.nbcnews.com/…/woman-dies-over-rim-fall-inside- grand-canyon- national-park-n997866 *
On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 11:29 PM rvSeniorMoments wrote:
> Tom (rvSeniorMoments) posted: ” As Flirt and I were taking a long walk > through the woods from our campground to Yaki Point, I heard emergency > vehicle sirens. I thought it might be a fire at the nearby Visitor Center. > A short while later a helicopter flew low overhead. Medi” >
I really hate to say it but it is true: “you can’t fix stupid’. People are going to see to it that the rest of us will have to view the canyon from a safe quarter-mile distance or worse…all wear safety belts under the watchful eye of some bored droid from TSA or whatever.