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Arizona Man On River Trip Dies In Fall in Grand Canyon National Park


An Arizona man on a river trip through Grand Canyon National Park has been killed in a fall in the canyon's inner gorge.

On Wednesday the park's Regional Communications Center received a report of a fatality on a private river trip. According to the report, a 52-year-old member of the party had been hiking above Elves Chasm (located near river mile 117) and had fallen to his death. Trip members had retrieved the body and were already back on the river, a park release said.

Rangers met the party at Blacktail, approximately three miles downriver from Elves Chasm, where they conducted initial interviews and investigations and retrieved the body of John Kynyk, of Goodyear, Arizona. The body was flown via helicopter to the South Rim helibase where it was transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The deceased has been identified as John Kynyk of Goodyear, Arizona.

An investigation into this incident is being conducted by the National Park Service.

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