Grand Canyon Skywalk Incident Details
Grand Canyon Skywalk incident – The unidentified man, 33, fell 4,000 feet to his death after tumbling over the side of the Sky Walk on June 5. Search and rescue teams from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office used ropes and a helicopter to try and help the fallen man. Crews pronounced the man dead at the scene and transferred him to the Hualapai Nation, which operates the attraction. It’s not clear if the victim fell from the edge of the canyon or from the Skywalk structure itself, though the county search and rescue team posted a link to a suicide prevention hotline on Facebook.
A man fell to his death at the Grand Canyon Skywalk earlier this week, as the landmark was recently the deadliest of America’s 63 national parks The investigation into his death is ongoing but the Grand Canyon has consistently proved to be a dangerous spot for those taking risks from great heights. It is best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon walls and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.
History of deaths, Grand Canyon National Park
The Canyon and the river have deep threads in the Hualapai tribe’s history. The lower 108 miles of the Canyon and parts of the Colorado River are situated on the Hualapai Reservation. A Freedom of Information Act request uncovered that at least six people have died and 56 more have gone missing over the last five years at Grand Canyon National Park. The numbers were from the period of 2018 until February of 2023 and they topped the hundreds of US national parks in those categories, despite not even coming in the top ten – 4.7 million in 2022 – in terms of visitors. By comparison, a reported four people each died at Yosemite, Golden Gate Park, and Death Valley national parks in that five-year period. Olympic National Park in Washington saw the second-highest number of missing person reports.