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Yellowstone Falling Victim Identified

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Date: June 18, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

Authorities have released the identity of the woman who slipped and fell to her death in Yellowstone National Park Saturday morning.

52-year old Deborah Chamberlin was from Rockford, Michigan. Chamberlain was traveling in the park with her husband and two children. They had stopped their vehicle at a pullout along the Grand Loop Road just north of the Tower Fall area about 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Chamberlain stepped over a small rock retaining wall to take a photograph and lost her footing. She slid down an embankment and then over a 500-foot cliff, coming to rest on the floor of the canyon near the Yellowstone River.

Rangers responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from a motorist flagged down by the victim’s husband. High, fast water on the Yellowstone River made an over-water rescue attempt impossible. A ranger with climbing skills rappelled down the cliff face to reach the victim. Chamberlin was declared dead at the scene. Her body was removed by helicopter by 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

This is the second fatal accident in Yellowstone National Park this year and the first of the summer season. A snowmobile accident in late February claimed the life of a woman from Mountain Home, Idaho.

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.