A tourist is presumed dead after slipping and falling over a Grand Canyon lookout.
The incident happened on the Hualapai Tribe's reservation to the west of Grand Canyon National Park. According to reports from a spokesman for the tribe, David Leibowitz, on Thursday morning a man said to be in his 50s and from Hong Kong fell and slipped at Eagle Point while trying to take photographs. The man was part of a tour group.
Eagle Point is situated alongside the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge sticking out from the canyon wall. The rim has some ledges and outcroppings below, although there is no barrier between tourists and the edge.
The area where the incident occurred has been closed for the day. Leibowitz extended prayers from the tribe.
The case is one in an increasing number of instances whereby photographers, or enthusiastic members of the public taking photos, have unintentionally caused their own death. Last year, Jiyoun Park fell 40ft to his death after standing on a ledge on top of a parking garage, meanwhile a German tourist was trampled to death in Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe after trying to get closer to an elephant to take a picture.
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