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Fatality at Colorado River Overlook Near Page Arizona

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Colorado River from the Dam Overlook


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News Release Date: October 6, 2020

Contact: Mary Plumb, (928) 640-3478

Contact: Jon Paxton, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, (928) 226-5089

National Park Service (NPS) Dispatch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area received a report at approximately 9:04 a.m. on Sunday, October 4, of a person who had fallen off a cliff overlooking the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. The Glen Canyon Dam Overlook is located on Scenic View Drive near Page, Arizona in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  

Witnesses reported the victim was on top of the rim overlooking the Colorado River taking pictures when he fell approximately 100 feet and then slid approximately 150 feet further. The victim suffered severe trauma and showed no signs of life after the fall. A Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Deputy rappelled to the victim at 9:27 a.m and confirmed the victim was deceased. The victim has been identified as 25-year old Orlando Serrano-Arzola of Phoenix, Arizona.  

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office, National Park Service, Page Police Department and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provided assistance with recovery operations. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff for an autopsy.  

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coconino County Medical Examiner. 

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service express their condolences to the family.

Last updated: October 6, 2020

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