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Man Rescued from Below Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

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Date: July 26, 2011
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Saturday, July 23, at approximately 7:05 a.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of an injured man over the edge of the Grand Canyon near Mather Point.

When rangers arrived on scene, they found a 19-year old male approximately ten feet below the rim. Within 20 minutes of the initial call, rangers had made it down to the patient and were stabilizing his injuries and preparing him for transport.

By 8:25 a.m., the patient had been lifted to the rim where he was met by the park’s ambulance. From there he was transported to the Grand Canyon Clinic with non-life threatening injuries.

The National Park Service would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when approaching the rim as loose gravel and uneven surfaces pose slip and trip hazards near the edge. The safest places from which to view the canyon are the railed viewing platforms and the paved Rim Trail.   

-NPS-

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