Rangers Recover Body of Woman Who Fell from Yellowstone’s Inspiration Point

Sunday, June 10 2012 19:46   Yellowstone
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Rangers have recovered the body of a young woman who accidentally fell to her death June 7, 2012 near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The 18-year-old woman, a Yellowstone concession employee on her first day in the park, was hiking the canyon's North Rim Trail with three other acquaintances when she ventured out off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her.

inspiration_point_yellDespite the hazardous terrain, the body was successfully recovered from the canyon by short-haul helicopter operation at approximately noon on June 8.

Rangers responded to a 911 cell phone call received at 5:44 p.m. Thursday, reporting a woman had fallen into the canyon.

With the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter, rangers observed the woman's body resting approximately 400 feet down the canyon wall. They concluded that she had sustained non-survivable injuries.

The victim's identity still is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

Visitors are reminded that hiking close to canyon rims in the park is extremely dangerous. Staying on posted, designated canyon rim trails is a must due to the instability of loose dirt and rock near ledges.

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