Hiker dies in Grand Canyon; 7 others rescued

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- An 18-year-old died at the Grand Canyon Thursday morning after his hiking group ran out of water.

A National Park Service river trip was flagged down by a group of hikers on the cliffs above the river.

The hikers told the rafters that they were out of water and in need of assistance.

Shortly thereafter, there was a report that one of the eight hikers was dead.

A park paramedic was flown to the hikers approximately halfway down the Shinumo Wash Route.

The body of an 18-year-old Native American male was located approximately one mile up the wash from the rest of the party.

The victim's body was flown out by a National Park Service helicopter.

The immediate needs of the stranded hikers were provided for until they could be flown out of the canyon. They were then assisted by Navajo Nation emergency crews.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

The National Park Service and Navajo Nation will be conducting a joint investigation into the incident.