Expect Afternoon & Evening Thunderstorms. Flash Flood Watch Through 9pm Monday
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Rangers Employ Technical Rescue Techniques to Retrieve Body from Below Rim
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 10:45 a.m. today, rangers trieved the body of a young male from below the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The body was located almost 700 feet below the rim in the vicinity of the park's Headquarters Building in an extremely steep and narrow drainage. Due to the inaccessible nature of the location, rangers involved in the recovery had to work in stages.
First, a two-person recovery team was transported via short haul (hanging on a fixed line below a helicopter) to an insertion site approximately 75 feet above the fatality. Once at the insertion site, the recovery team established anchor systems and rappelled down to the location of the fatality. Once on location, rangers documented the scene and prepared the body for transport. The body was then retrieved via long-line operation (attached to a fixed line below a helicopter) and flown to the South Rim where it was met by the Coconino County Medical Examiner. The recovery team then climbed back to their insertion point, de-rigged their anchors and were flown back to the rim via short haul.
Completing the recovery operation took almost five hours and involved twenty five personnel.
The identity of the young man is not known at this time and will be determined by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service with the assistance of the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the rugged, V-shaped Inner Gorge rises darkly from the Colorado River. The broad shelf above it is the Tonto Platform, which spreads like a green blanket across both sides of the canyon. The Inner Gorge achieves a depth of over 1200 feet (366m)