By Shelby Moquin email@example.com
The Grand Canyon is known for its beautiful cliffs and peeks, and stunning views. Captivating tourists and visitors all alike. All six point four million of them. But the views might just be a little too stunning. Just this week two deaths have been reported at the Grand Canyon, both in separate incidents.
Just around twelve people each year die at the Grand Canyon National Park, from a multitude of causes. Such as heart attacks, drowning, suicide, and car crashes. Approximately just around two to three people die from falling over cliffs, bluffs, and the rim of the Canyon. According the mygrandcanyonpark.com, chances of death are “1 in 400,000 visitors”.
On Thursday, a tourist part of a tour group from Hong Kong, fell from one the Canyons most stunning points, Eagle Point. Officials say he was attempting to take a picture when he stumbled over the edge. Eagle point is known for its horseshoe-shaped glass skywalk which allows visitors to have the appearance that they are floating over the Canyon itself.
But some points have no barrier or protection against tourists and the staggering fall. Signs are displayed at Eagle Point warning tourists not to get too close to the edge. The drop is approximately one-thousand feet. After the man fell, a helicopter was sent to retrieve his body. His name has not yet been released.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, just east of Eagle point is where another body of a foreign individual has been found. In Grand Canyon Village, a wooded part of the park, is where the body was found. The cause of death of the individual was unclear and the investigation is still ongoing.
In 2017, a man from Ankeny, Iowa died at the Grand Canyon. He, again, was attempting to take a photo when he fell from the rim of the Canyon.
Despite the deaths this week, don’t let that scare you. The Grand Canyon offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as camping, swimming, hiking, and of course; the stunning views from the rim of the Canyon.
Eagle Point pictured above.