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Grand Canyon Fatalities Identified

July 15
15:44 2014

Colorado River 3Officials have now released the identities of two recent fatalities which occurred in Grand Canyon National Park.

A man who died while hiking the North Kaibab Trail has been identified as 47-year old Andrew Sammler of Lancaster, Ohio.

On Friday, July 11 at 2:20 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center reports receiving a 911 call from a visitor reporting CPR in progress on a male hiker on the North Kaibab Trail, approximately one half mile from the trailhead.

National Park Service personnel responded to the scene and continued CPR, however all efforts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful. Mr. Sammler was hiking with three other individuals up the North Kaibab Trail at the time of the incident.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional information is available at this time.

Victim Identified as Victor Tseng

The body of a man recovered from the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park on July 4th has been identified as that of Victor Tseng of Phoenix, Arizona.

Tseng was last seen below Havasu Rapids after falling from a ledge into the river on Friday, June 27th.

Rangers used the park’s helicopter and boat to search the river corridor and area trails for two days after Tseng was reported missing. With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the search was eventually scaled back to a continuous, but limited mode in which rangers and pilots continued to search for clues when in the area.

On Friday, July 4, a commercial river trip reported finding a man’s body in the river at approximately River Mile 182.  Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim by helicopter and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the body was that of 68-year old missing man.

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