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Teen Dies In Fall From Inspiration Point

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avatar Death Due to Fall in Yellowstone, New Employee
June 10, 2012 05:55AM

An 18-year-old Yellowstone National Park worker died Thursday after she fell 400 feet while hiking with friends near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon, the park said Friday.

It was the concession worker’s first day in the park,...

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Re: Death Due to Fall in Yellowstone, New Employee
June 11, 2012 12:09PM
Horrible luck, extremely sad ending to a young person's life. No one can foresee these things - it can happen to anyone. The only way to prevent something like this is to not go so close, even though it's safe 99% of the time.
avatar Teen Dies In Fall From Inspiration Point
June 12, 2012 04:53PM
Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Teen Dies In Fall From Inspiration Point

An 18-year-old woman died last Thursday in an accidental fall near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Maria "Masha" Sergeyevna Rumyantseva of Kaliningrad, Russia, a Yellowstone concession employee on her first day in the park, was hiking the canyon's North Rim Trail with three other acquaintances when she ventured off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her. Rangers responded to a 911 cell phone call received late in the afternoon reporting that a woman had fallen into the canyon. With the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter, they spotted the woman's body at a point about 400 feet down the canyon wall and concluded that she had sustained non-survivable injuries. Despite the hazardous terrain, the body was successfully recovered from the canyon via a short-haul helicopter operation at approximately noon on Friday.
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