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Hiker dies while climbing out of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-03 20:49:12-04

GRAND CANYON, AZ — A hiker death is under investigation at the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.

Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a hiker in distress on the Bright Angel Trail above Three-Mile Resthouse, according to officials with the National Park Service.

A search and rescue operation was then launched to get to the hiker.

When crews arrived they assisted with resuscitation efforts, however, those attempts were unsuccessful.

The victim, identified as 41-year-old Melanie Goodine from Ottawa, Ontario, was pronounced dead.

Park officials tell ABC15 Goodine was hiking out of the canyon after hiking to the Colorado River earlier that day.

An investigation into the exact cause of death is underway by the NPS in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

Officials have not given any indication of foul play.

No other details have been provided.

Below is a message from the National Park Service:

"Before heading down a trail, hikers are strongly encouraged to read the Hiking Tips page and check the Backcountry Updates and Closures page for current information on inner canyon conditions. All visitors to Grand Canyon should ensure they are drinking plenty of fluids, resting in shade during the heat of the day, watching for signs of distress in traveling companions, and dressing appropriately for the weather, which includes light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. The NPS does not recommend hiking from the rim to the river and back in one day."