An Arizona man died aft he was recovered unresponsive connected a celebrated Grand Canyon hiking trail past week, marking nan 10th fatality astatine nan nationalist parkland this year.
The National Park Service identified nan hiker arsenic 65-year-old James Handschy of Oracle, Arizona.
Handschy had group disconnected connected Thursday for a hike from nan South Rim to nan stream and backmost on nan Bright Angel Trail, nan agency said, a roundtrip of astir 18 miles. The way is located astir 1.5 miles northbound of Havasupai Gardens.
Park rangers received an SOS alert from Handschy’s individual locator beacon astir 1:30 p.m. and instantly responded connected ft from Havasupai Gardens.
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A hiker was recovered dormant connected nan Bright Angel Trail astatine Grand Canyon National Park connected Thursday. Pictured supra is nan Devils Corkskrew on nan Bright Angel Trail. (National Park Service/J. Baird)
A chopper brought further hunt and rescue unit to nan way wherever Handschy was found unresponsive. The agency said rangers arrived and pronounced nan hiker deceased.
No further specifications were instantly disposable arsenic nan agency and Coconino County Medical Examiner analyse nan hiker’s death.
The Bright Angel Trail is considered nan astir celebrated hiking way astatine Grand Canyon National Park. (U.S. National Park Service)
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Handschy’s decease is nan 10th this twelvemonth astatine nan nationalist park, which averages betwixt 10 and 20 deaths annually, a parkland spokesperson told The Associated Press. Four deaths person been hiking-related, pinch 3 of them occurring connected nan Bright Angel Trail.
It was nan 10th decease astatine Grand Canyon National Park this year. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images, File)
Grand Canyon National Park draws millions of visitors each twelvemonth to research its "vast vistas, beautiful colors, and unthinkable geology," according to nan park’s website.
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The Bright Angel Trail is described arsenic nan Grand Canyon’s "most celebrated hiking trail," and is tucked wrong a broadside canyon on a monolithic fault, according to nan agency. Officials pass that nan return hike backmost up retired of nan canyon is acold much difficult than nan travel down.