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

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.


Accidents happen every day and this one wasn't because the
parents did something wrong by losing sight of their kid because if you saw a
parent looking for their kid at Wal-Mart or woodmans you wouldn't go on and on
about it you would just brush it aside and go on with your life. The only thing
the parents did wrong was that they brought a 4 year old to the Grand Canyon.
I'm not trying to be judging or anything but it's just that they might be able
to wait a few years so the child will be able to remember it better. That's
just what I think. I want the parents to know that I’ll be praying for them and
their daughter.

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a way that the parents could keep the kids from runing(we know they can just slip out of our hands whenever) is by buying one of vests they make to put kids in so they cant run away

huh? The parks fault because this 4 year old child fell over. There are signs posting the danger about falling. One sign clearly states if you fall it would be fatal. I was there in 1997 and there was a couple that went past the railings. One member of my family asked a guide what would happen if you fell. This child said oh you mean that I'd be rescued by helicopter. This child thought that if someone fell that they'd survive the fall and the guide informed him nope.

C'mon people! Of course the Grand Canyon is Dangerous. This is NOT Disney Land! Its a Mile Deep hole in the Ground. But, don't let that ruin your excitement for going there. If you ever thought that the Grand Canyon or any canyon or wilderness area wasn't a potentially dangerous place, then it is good that you finally realized that. It is beautiful, but wild and it belongs to the earth and wild things. We humans may think its our land, and we sell tickets at the gate, but Its not REALLY ours to fence in and disrupt wildlife. Show some respect for Nature! You take a risk any time you enter a wilderness. If you don't know that, then you could be in for a very rude awakening. Actually the whole state of Arizona, even in populated areas, is really just a big wild desert.

I was all excited to make a trip out to the grand canyon, and now I don't even want to go with houw dangerous it sounds. I would take my family, but it seems like we'd have to see the rim from the car as I would lock all the doors and not let anyone out.

"An adult has to hold onto a 4 year old at all the Grand Canyon overlooks. Constantly and tight."
I agree, but I also agree that accidents happen. Sometimes in the wink of an eye. When I was little my family and I visited the Grand Canyon. I was clearly told to stay back away from the edge. My sister and I were playing on a hill perhaps a hundred yards or so away from the edge while my mom and dad were taking photographs. My sister was chasing me and I ran down the hill. My momentum was such that I couldn't stop at the bottom and almost ran off the edge of the canyon. My dad grabbed me at the last instant. One second we were well back away from danger, no reason for my parents to be concerned, the next I had one leg hanging over the precipice and my arm nearly being ripped out of its socket by my dad. I am forever grateful that he was able to react so quickly.

Whoa, Rudee, that's pretty harsh. I agree that many groups of inner city kids (and even from other areas of the country) at times seem to be running like wild packs in the parks. But if they don't even get a chance to experience a park how can they learn to appreciate them?

I remember a trip to Yosemite when there was a large contingent of kids I suspected came from the LA area (or somewhere similar). They were loud and raucous into the night at Camp Curry and early the next morning. But the long hike to Half Dome wore them down. I figured they either came away with a great appreciation for that wonderful place, or determined never to set foot there again. But at least they had an opportunity to see it for themselves and make that decision.

I don't think we should deny anyone that opportunity.

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