Tourist taking photos at Grand Canyon dies in fall

2019-03-29 13:34
Grand Canyon. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

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A tourist has died after stumbling over the edge of an overlook at the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the US while taking pictures.

A man from Hong Kong, who's not yet been identified, was reportedly taking pictures at a Grand Canyon overlook when he suddenly slipped and fell down 305m on Thursday 28 March, CNN reports.

A helicopter search began immediately and the tourist was found later that afternoon, according to Hacienda Healthcare nursing facility spokesperson David Leibowitz.

It's believed the Hong Kong native, who's in his late 50s, was part of a tour group and was warned not to get too close to the edge, New York Post reports.

"The thoughts and prayers of every Grand Canyon West employee remain with the loved ones of this individual and the members of the tour group," the popular tourist destination said in a statement.

But this isn't the first death at the Grand Canyon this week.

On Tuesday 26 March, rangers responded to the first fatality, this time at the south rim of the canyon.

The person's relatives reportedly haven't been notified yet and the cause of death is still unknown, ABC News 4 reports.

The incident is still being investigated.

Sources: CNN, New York Post, ABC News4

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