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Park officials reviewing viral video of man jumping over railing at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park officials say they're reviewing a viral video of a man jumping from an overlook railing and nearly slipping off a cliff into the canyon.

Bryce Canyon National Park officials say they're reviewing a viral video of a man jumping from an overlook railing and nearly slipping off a cliff into the canyon. (Screenshot, TouronsOfYellowstone via Instagram)



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BRYCE, Garfield County — Bryce Canyon National Park officials say they're reviewing a viral video of a man jumping from an overlook railing and nearly slipping off a cliff into the canyon.

"Considering that this occurred at one of the park's most popular viewpoints and dislodged rocks onto the heavily trafficked Navajo Loop below, we are extremely thankful that no serious injuries occurred," park spokesman Peter Densmore said in a statement.

The brief video was shared on the Instagram page TouronsOfYellowstone, which depicts people engaging in risky behavior at national parks. The clip shows a man running to the railing and vaulting over it, falling onto his back and slipping a few yards before he comes to a stop near the edge of the cliff.

A woman can be heard screaming as the man falls.

The park's visitor and resource protection division is reviewing the video. Densmore emphasized that park rangers "are always on call to respond to emergency situations that inevitably happen," but warned that dangerous behavior "puts everyone at unnecessary risk."

"Signs, barriers and regulations are in place for the safety of all of our visitors and the protection of this special place," he said.

Densmore noted that such stunts might be seen and "imitated" by others who visit the park.

"From that perspective, the actions of an individual with over 6 million social media followers can have a profound and reverberating impact," he said.

But Densmore called the behavior "relatively uncommon" at Bryce Canyon National Park and added that the majority of visitors "recreate responsibly."

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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