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2 Grand Canyon deaths confirmed; at least one person fell while snapping photos

Hundreds of miles of hiking trails are found within Canyonlands National Park, ranging from short walks to day hikes and even overnight backpacking trips. | Neal Herbert, National Park Service

The death of a tourist from Hong Kong at Grand Canyon West on Thursday was the second fatality this week confirmed at the canyon, officials said.

The National Park Service confirmed a second person died at Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday.

A park spokesperson said a body was found in a wooded area south of Grand Canyon Village away from the rim. Authorities were working to identify the person, who is believed to be a foreign national, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

“The NPS and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are conducting an investigation,” NPS said in a news release.

Park spokeswoman Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes said the cause of death is unclear. The incident was called in at about 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, the international tourist died after falling hundreds of feet into the Grand Canyon while trying to take photos, officials said. The man was part of a group taking photos very close to the rim at Grand Canyon West, which is outside of Grand Canyon National Park on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.