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Utah woman dies at Grand Canyon after falling 20 feet

Ledges Camp Grand Canyon
Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 07:17:09-04

GRAND CANYON, AZ — A Utah woman has died after falling about 20 feet at the Grand Canyon Monday.

Officials say at about 6:30 p.m., the Grand Canyon National Park was alerted of an unresponsive river trip participant near Ledges Camp, river mile 152, along the Colorado River.

By the time crews got to the area it started to get dark so rangers requested help from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's emergency helicopter response team.

DPS arrived at the scene at about 8:30 p.m. and the person was pronounced dead.

She has been identified as 34-year-old Meg Osswald of Salt Lake City, Utah. Officials say she was near camp when she fell about 20 feet and sustained fatal injuries.

Members of the group she was with attempted CPR but she remained unresponsive while they called for help.

Osswald hiked into the Grand Canyon to meet the river trip at Phantom Ranch and was on the sixth day of a multi-day private boating trip when the incident occurred, Grand Canyon officials stated.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Utah officials confirmed Osswald was the Assistant Director of the Division of Water Quality.

This is the second reported death at the Grand Canyon in less than two weeks. On March 25, officials announced that 68-year-old Mary Kelly of Colorado died after a boating accident.