Hong Kong tourist falls to his death in Grand Canyon

A tourist from Hong Kong died on Thursday when he fell 1,000 feet into the Grand Canyon, the second person to die there in a week.

The 50-something aged man slipped off the Eagle Point overlook while taking photos, a spokesman for a local company, Grand Canyon West, told Reuters.

The man’s body was recovered later in the day by helicopter, the Associated Press reported.

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The incident happened on land owned by the Hualapai Tribe, company spokesman David Leibowitz told Reuters.

The unidentified man was the second person to die at the Grand Canyon in a week.

The man was part of a tour group visiting Grand Canyon West, a popular area that includes the horseshoe-shaped, glass Skywalk that juts out from the canyon wall and offers a look into the canyon some 4,000 feet below. It is west of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Earlier in the week, the body of a foreign national was found in a wooded area just south of Grand Canyon Village, park spokeswoman Vanessa Ceja-Cervante told the Associated Press.

She said authorities were notified of the visitor fatality on Tuesday evening and that the person’s cause of death was unknown.

Neither victim was identified, pending notification of kin. The medical examiner’s office was still investigating, along with the National Park Service, AP said.

Last year nearly 6.4 million people visited the Grand Canyon, AP noted.

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