PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 67-year-old California man died when he dropped over a ledge while visiting the Grand Canyon marking the third death in eight days at the popular Arizona tourist destination, 19659002] The man was visiting the Grand Canyon National Park alone at around 11:30 am on Wednesday when he reportedly fell off the edge at a viewing spot on the South Rim, spokesman Murray Shoemaker said.
The rescuers were alerted by a bystander and the body's body was recovered several hours later, about 400 feet (122 meters) below the Rim by the park's helicopter and a technical rescue team, Shoemaker said.
The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death, but officials said it was initially ruled accidental.
It was the third confirmed death in separate incidents At the sprawling attraction this year, two of them within the park's boundaries.
Park officials said a body was discovered on March 26 in an undeveloped area at the park's South Rim, but not near any overlooked. No other details were released.
Two days later, a Hong Kong tourist fell to his death while taking photographs at an overlook of the Hualapai tribal land.
The crimson-hued canyon ranks as one of the world's most popular outdoor tourist venues attracting 6.38 million park visitors in 2018.  (Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Daniel Wallis)