Woman on river trip through Grand Canyon falls to her death

Apr 6, 2022, 4:25 AM

Ledges Camp near Colorado River mile 152. (National Park Service Photo)...

Ledges Camp near Colorado River mile 152. (National Park Service Photo)

(National Park Service Photo)

PHOENIX – A Utah woman on a Grand Canyon National Park river trip fell to her death Monday evening, authorities said.

Margaret Osswald, 34, of Salt Lake City, fell about 20 feet near Ledges Camp along the Colorado River and died of her injuries, the National Park Service said in a press release Tuesday.

Osswald was six days into a private river trip after she’d hiked into the Grand Canyon to meet up with a group of boaters at Phantom Ranch.

Park officials received a report about an unconscious individual near river mile 152 around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Because it was getting dark, they asked the Arizona Department of Transportation to deploy a rescue helicopter.

DPS pronounced Osswald dead after reaching the scene around 8:30 p.m.

Members of her group performed CPR before the rescue helicopter arrived.

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the incident.

It was the fourth death this year within Grand Canyon National Park, according to a park spokeswoman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Woman on river trip through Grand Canyon falls to her death