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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

At the Grand Canyon, a Canadian hiker perished

At the Grand Canyon, a Canadian hiker has perished.

Key Takeaways:

  • On Thursday, Melanie Goodine was hiking out of the canyon near Three-Mile Resthouse on the Bright Angel Trail when officials received a warning that she was in danger.

As per the National Park Service (NPS), a Canadian woman died while trekking in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park.

According to a news release from the National Park Service, Melanie Goodine, 41, was trekking out of the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail near Three-Mile Resthouse on Thursday when officials got a report she was in danger.

“Shortly after, the hiker fell unresponsive, and witnesses began CPR,” according to the press announcement. “Search and rescue personnel from the National Park Service (NPS) responded as well as assisted with resuscitation efforts. All attempts to resuscitate the person were in vain.”

After trekking to the Colorado River earlier, Goodine was making her way out of the canyon.

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On Thursday, shade temperatures in the area where Goodine was trekking reached a high of 95 to 104 degrees, according to Joelle Baird, a spokesperson for Grand Canyon National Park. The distance Goodine hiked might be up to 20 kilometers round trip, depending on the trail she took.

The National Park Service stated, “The NPS does not recommend hiking from the rim to the river as well as back in one day.”

At the Grand Canyon, a Canadian hiker has perished.
At the Grand Canyon, a Canadian hiker has perished. Image from BBC News

The National Park Service is investigating the event collaborating with the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

“Hikers are highly recommended to read the Hiking Tips page and also check the Backcountry Updates and Closures website for current information on inner canyon conditions before venturing down the trail,” according to the statement.

“All visitors to the Grand Canyon should drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks in the shadow during the day, keep an eye out for symptoms of distress in their traveling partners, and dress correctly for the weather, including light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.”

Source: CTV News

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