Woman dies in over-the-rim fall inside Grand Canyon National Park

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Another visitor to Grand Canyon National Park has died after falling over the edge of the South Rim, authorities said Tuesday.

A 70-year-old woman fell about 200 feet (61 meters) over the rim, the second over-the-edge death this month within the confines of the park, according to Grand Canyon officials.

The woman had been walking about 200 to 300 feet (61 to 91 meters) off a trail along the South Rim about a mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Mather Point. Park rangers got a call just after 1 p.m. that she needed help west of a popular overlook called Pipe Creek Vista.

"She fell before we could undertake a rescue," said Grand Canyon spokesman John Quinley, adding that the circumstances of the call for help were unclear.

Quinley said the woman fell between Mather Point and the starting point for the South Kaibab Trail, two well-known and highly visited places at the park's more popular South Rim.

The park's helicopter and rescue team recovered the body.

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GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: A Grand Canyon Railway train, operating since 1901 arrives at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: Pictures from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: Pictures from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: Pictures from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: Visitors gather at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: A tourist assumes a risky position for a photo on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON AZ - APRIL 3: South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, located in northwestern Arizona, is the 15th site in the United States to have been named a national park. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Wonders of the World April 3, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The canyon is viewed from Yavapai Point on the South Rim on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: A crowd of tourists gather at Mather Point Lookout, located on the South Rim, to watch the sunrise and take selfies on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The canyon is viewed from at sunrise from the South Rim on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: Icicles hanging off the El Tovar Lodge on the South Rim are viewed on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: A crowd of tourists gather at Mather Point Lookout, located on the South Rim, to watch the sunrise and take selfies on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: A crowd of tourists gather at Mather Point Lookout, located on the South Rim, to watch the sunrise and take selfies on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The El Tovar Lodge, located on the South Rim, is viewed on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The Grand Canyon Railway station for a passenger train service that operates between Williams and the South Rim is viewed on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The canyon is viewed from at sunset from the South Rim on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: The canyon is viewed from at sunset from the South Rim on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 8: A crowd of tourists gather at Mather Point Lookout, located on the South Rim, to watch the sunrise on February 8, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 7: A winter storm that dropped several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon clears out on February 7, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 6: A winter storm drops several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon on February 6, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 6: A winter storm drops several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon on February 6, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 6: A winter storm drops several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon on February 6, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 6: A winter storm drops several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon on February 6, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 5: The Grand Canyon Railway, a passenger train that operates between Williams and the South Rim, is viewed on February 5, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - FEBRUARY 5: A winter snowstorm develops over the canyon as viewed from the South Rim on February 5, 2019, in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the 'Wonders of the World,' was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its Centennial this year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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The woman's name was being withheld until her family can be notified. Park officials didn't immediately release the woman's hometown.

The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner will investigate the death. Still being investigated are three other deaths since March 26, two of which occurred outside the park.

On April 3, a 67-year-old California man fatally fell 400 feet (122 meters) from the edge of the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village, near the Yavapai Geology Museum.

A tourist from Macau, China, fell to his death on March 28. The man was trying to take a photo at Grand Canyon West's Eagle Point — close to the Skywalk located on the Hualapai Reservation outside the park — when he stumbled and fell.

The body of a Japanese tourist was found March 26 in a wooded area south of Grand Canyon Village, away from the rim.

Only one person — an Illinois man — fell to his death in the park in 2018 after he climbed over the railing at Mather Point and fell some 500 feet (152 meters).

Park officials said about 12 people die each year within the park. The deaths can be attributed to everything from accidental falls to heat, as well as drownings during rafting trips on the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon National Park, established 100 years ago, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., drawing nearly 6.4 million visitors last year.

Grand Canyon West, on the Hualapai reservation, gets about 1 million visitors annually.

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