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Hiker death at Grand Canyon reported

August 14, 2009 |  4:24 pm

The heart of the Grand Canyon from Dutton Point on the Powell Plateau.

Yet another hiker death has been reported this week, this time at Grand Canyon National Park.

The 18-year-old was among a group of eight hikers that ran out of water while hiking the Shinumo Wash route.

Though few details are available pending investigation and notification of next of kin, the National Park Service states that rafters on the Colorado River were flagged down on Thursday by the group from the cliffs above the river, telling them that they were out of water and needed help.

Park rangers then received a report that one of the eight hikers was dead.

A paramedic flown to the scene by helicopter found and assisted the hikers and then located the deceased male about a mile from the rest of the party.

A joint investigation by NPS and Navajo Nation police is being conducted.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: The heart of the Grand Canyon from Dutton Point on the Powell Plateau. Credit: Susan Spano / Los Angeles Times

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