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Hiker dies at Grand Canyon after water runs out

Hiker dies at Grand Canyon after water runs out



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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A young man who was among a group that had run out of water while hiking in the Grand Canyon has died.

A National Park Service statement says that rafters on the river were flagged down by members of the hiking group on Thursday morning at a spot about 30 miles downstream from Lees Ferry. The hikers yelled to the rafters from a cliff that they were out of water and needed help.

Park Service rangers then received a report that one of the eight hikers was dead.

A paramedic flown to the scene found the group about halfway down a trail known as the Shinumo Wash Route. The dead 18-year-old was located about a mile from the rest of the party and his body was flown out by a Park Service helicopter.

The Park Service and Navajo Nation police will jointly investigate into the incident.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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