Hiker dies at Grand Canyon National Park after falling 200 feet off ledge – USA TODAY

A hiker at Grand Canyon National Park died Friday afternoon after falling 200 feet to his death, officials said. 
The hiker, a 44-year-old man whose name was not released, was near the rim west of the Bright Angel Point Trail on the North Rim of the national park, the National Park Service said in a news release
Officials said the man was off the trail when he accidentally fell off the edge of the rim. Responding rangers arrived at the scene after 3:30 p.m. and found the man’s body “approximately 200 feet below the rim.”
The National Park Service advises people to stay on designated trails and walkways at all times while in the park, not climb over railings or fences and pay attention to members of hiking groups.  
“Make sure that your travel companions have both feet firmly planted on pavement or developed trails,” the service said. “Know where the edge is. Watch foot placement and look for trip hazards.
The incident comes after two people died in falls while hiking in the U.S. in recent weeks. A woman fell to her death in Oregon on Aug. 19 and a man died in New Hampshire on Aug. 20
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The same day officials were alerted about the hiker’s death in the Grand Canyon, another hiker was found dead after getting lost on trails in Lake Havasu City. 
Mohave County Sheriff’s officials said four hikers called 911 around 2:30 p.m. Friday to say they were lost, out of water and showing signs of heat exhaustion in 104-degree conditions.
City fire rescue crews found three hikers, a 61-year-old man and two women, 63 and 27, near a trail. The two women were taken to a hospital for hydration treatment. The 61-year-old man told authorities about a 31-year-old man who left the group to find the trailhead.
“They were visiting Sara Park from out of town and unfamiliar with the increased danger of hiking in the heat of the day and the challenging trail system during the summer,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The man was found dead Saturday afternoon off of the trail system in a desert wilderness area of Lake Havasu City, less than 200 miles southwest of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Contributing: Associated Press
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