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Man Who Collapsed and Died on Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park is Identified

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Date: September 26, 2012
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - The man who collapsed and died on the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon yesterday has been identified as 72 year-old David Roberts of Cleveland, Tennessee.

The incident occurred yesterday at approximately 10:45 a.m. Park rangers responded after receiving a 911 call of a man unconscious on the Bright Angel Trail. They located the man approximately two and a half miles below the rim and immediately began CPR. Their life-saving efforts proved unsuccessful and the man was declared deceased on scene.

His body was flown to the South Rim Helibase where it was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in cooperation with the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

COLORADO RIVER AT THE BOTTOM OF GRAND CANYON

From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.