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Park Rangers Identify Woman Who Suffered Fatal Injuries in Fall

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Date: May 3, 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – A woman who suffered fatal injuries in a fall in Grand Canyon National Park on Thursday, April 28, has been identified.

Seventy-seven year-old Barbara Evert of Englewood, Colorado slipped and fell on Thursday on a side hike up from Rattlesnake Camp at river mile 74. Evert had been a participant on a commercial river trip with Hatch River Expeditions, Inc.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report from the Hatch trip of a fatality at river mile 74 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

According to one of the trip guides, who reported the incident via satellite phone, the group had gone on a side trip in the vicinity of Upper Rattlesnake. During the hike, Barbara Evert lost her footing and fell approximately 100 – 140 feet, suffering fatal injuries.

Park Rangers responded via helicopter to the scene, began initial investigations and then transported her body via helicopter to the South Rim where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The National Park Service continues its investigation into the incident.

No further information is available at this time.


Did You Know?


Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.