French national falls from Grand Canyon

Posted: Updated:

Grand Canyon, Ariz. -- A man from France was rescued Monday from the Grand Canyon after he fell 200 feet.

A visitor reported the 25-year-old man had fallen from the Grandview Trial, located east of Grand Canyon Village on the South RIm.
   
When rangers arrived on scene, they couldn't see the man, because it was so dark, according to Shannan Marcak, Public Affairs Specialist with Grand Canyon National Park. But the man did respond to questions from rangers.

Rescue crews then arrived, and rappelled down to the man who was 200 feet down. The location of where the man fell caused technical difficulties for rescue personnel, Marcak said. They used a rope-and-pulley haul system to raise him nearly 400 feet to the rim. He was then transported on the ground to the hospital.
 
Investigators determined the man was off the trail when he fell. Marcak said traveling off-trail, on uneven surfaces, loose rocks and seasonal erosion increases the risk of fall or injury.