GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ — An out-of-state hiker has died at the Grand Canyon, National Park officials announced Wednesday.
The incident occurred around 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday below the South Kaibab Trailhead.
Officials say bystanders started CPR on the hiker, identified as 60-year-old William Smith of Oswego, Illinois, but emergency crews were unable to successfully continue resuscitation efforts.
Smith was reportedly hiking out of the canyon after finishing a day hike to Ooh Ahh Point.
The death is under investigation, but park officials are urging hikers to postpone difficult hikes. Extreme heat and limited resources have put a strain on rescue crews who have been dispatched to several emergencies this month alone.
Authorities are also searching for a Texas man reported missing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
A man died last week amid a multi-day boating trip along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.