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4-Year-old Dies in Fall off South Rim of Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon near Mather Point; 'sbisson' via Flickr.

Grand Canyon near Mather Point; 'sbisson' via Flickr.

A 4-year-old girl has been killed in a fall from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Park officials say the unidentified girl fell about 450 feet off the rim about 11:30 this morning from a point just west of Mather Point, the most popular scenic view in the park.

The girl's father scrambled down the cliff below the rim to reach his daughter. When rescue crews arrived on scene, the father had already begun CPR; however, the girl was pronounced dead on scene shortly thereafter, the park reported.

The South Entrance Road along Mather Point was closed for a short time while a long-haul operation was conducted to remove the girl's body from the canyon. The father was then removed via a short haul operation due to an ankle injury sustained from scrambling over the edge.

National Park Service rangers are investigating the accident.

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How in the hell does this stuff happen? What were the parents doing? How can anyone climb over or under and fall that distance. Anybody give a damn???


Isn't iit obvious? Children move fast. The poor parents will be beating themselves up over the guilt for the rest of their lives.


An adult has to hold onto a 4 year old at all the Grand Canyon overlooks. Constantly and tight.


They don't have to "climb over or under" anything to fall off the edge. Most of the edge does not have a fence. I would not have let go of my child's hand for one second.


my heart goes out to the poor parents.the guilt for the rest of there lives. i pray for them to god in jesus name.


SOMETIMES, UNFORTUNATELY ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN....... WITH THE WAY THE STATE OF THE WORLD IS GOING AND THE NEGATIVE NEWS CONSTANTLY BEING REPORTED THROUGH THE MEDIA IT'S NO WONDER THE FIRST REACTION IS ALWAYS TO PUT BLAME SOMEWHERE. LETS ALL TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY A PRAYER NOT ONLY FOR THE LITTLE GIRL THAT LOST HER LIFE BUT ALSO FOR THE GRIEVING FAMILY.............AND LETS ALL BE THANKFUL FOR OUR BLESSINGS THAT WE GOT THROUGH ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT A MISHAP.............WE NEVER KNOW WHAT LIFE HAS IN STORE FOR US TOMORROW! WE ALL NEED MORE PRAYER IN OUR EVERY DAY LIVES..................BLESS YOU ALL!


What parent has never done something stupid or careless that could have resulted in tragedy? Ever "almost" get in that car wreck that could have killed yourself or your kids? It only takes a second, folks. My heart grieves for this family. Their grief will be deep and lasting and I pray that if they have other children they manage to find joy with them in future years.


Cactusdar, that is one of the nicest posts I have ever read in this blog!
Amen!


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