An 18-year-old French man has a heck of a tale to take home with him after visiting the Grand Canyon Aug. 5 – and surviving a fall over the edge.

French tourist hauled out of Grand Canyon/NPS photo by Paul M. Ross Jr.

The young man, whose name was not released, slipped and fell over the rim about one-quarter mile east of Mather Point, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

Witnesses say he slipped while taking photos near the canyon’s edge.

Rangers responded to the 2:45 p.m. phone call to the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center and spotted the teen below the rim. He was conscious but needing medical help.

Rangers rappelled down to the fellow to assess his injuries and stabilize him for transport on the park helicopter.

He was lifted out of the canyon by 4:15 p.m. via short-haul operation, or a line suspended below the copter, returned to the helibase and taken by ambulance to Flagstaff Medical Center.

He suffered neck, wrist and ankle injuries, but none that were listed as life threatening.

No further information was immediately available, such as the condition of his camera or if he got the photo of his life, but the release did close with an a propos warning:

The National Park Service would like to remind all Grand Canyon visitors that approaching the rim can be hazardous due to uneven terrain and loose rock. Visitors are strongly encouraged to stay on the paved Rim Trail which provides a safe vantage point from which to view and take pictures of the canyon.


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