Texan Falls to Death at Grand Canyon
A Texas man is dead after falling 350 feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon on Saturday.
Authorities Investigate Canyon Fall
“You want to rule out whether somebody did this to him or he did it to himself. We believe based on reports and the circumstances that it was accidental,” — Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright, as reported by CBS News.
According to CBS News, John N. Anderson, 53, of Grapevine, TX, fell to his death on Saturday at the Grand Canyon. Park rangers are investigating the accident but believe that Anderson fell while attempting to retrieve an object.
Anderson was on the South Rim near El Tovar Lodge when he fell 350 feet. There were no witnesses, but some people reported seeing Anderson near a small rock barrier prior to the fall.
The body of Anderson was located by park rangers, who tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. His body was later removed via helicopter.
Anderson’s death has been labeled accidental; however, the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating to rule out foul play.
Annual Deaths at the Grand Canyon
- The popular tourist destination attracts 4.5 million visitors each year.
- The National Park Service says there is an average of 12 deaths each year, 2-3 of which are fall-related.