- An unidentified man fell to his death at Grand Canyon West earlier this month at the Skywalk attraction.
- The 33-year-old was found dead at the scene, the local sheriff’s office said.
- Authorities have not yet determined whether the fall was accidental or intentional.
A tragedy unfolded at the Grand Canyon after a man fell from a viewing platform to his death.
The unidentified 33-year-old man “went over the edge at the Skywalk,” falling about 4,000 feet on June 5, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office told local Fox 10 Phoenix.
“About 9am Monday (6/5) morning, the technical rope rescue team from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Grand Canyon West Skywalk for a 33-year-old male who went over the edge at the Sky Walk into the canyon,” the sheriff’s office said, per Fox 10.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Authorities have not released the man’s identity or whether his fall was accidental or intentional. The Grand Canyon has a history of deaths by suicide.
“Two short-haul technicians (rope specialists) responded with [a] Kingman DPS Ranger helicopter to the scene,” the sheriff’s office told Fox 10. They found the victim dead on the scene, the outlet reported.
“He was extracted to the Command Post and transferred to the Hualapai Nation,” the sheriff’s office told Fox 10.
The fall took place in Grand Canyon West, located on the Hualapai Native American Reservation. The Skywalk attraction is operated by the Hualapai Native American tribe, per the Grand Canyon West website.
A spokesperson for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Saturday.
The resort boasts of the Skywalk, describing it as a “breathtaking 10-foot wide, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge extends 70 feet out over the rim of the Grand Canyon, giving you a clear view 4,000 feet to the Canyon floor below.”
“There’s simply no thrill like stepping out on glass thousands of feet in the air, yet there’s no need to be nervous — Skywalk is strong enough to hold seventy fully loaded 747 passenger jets,” the website for the Skywalk says.