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Utah woman Margaret Osswald dies after falling in Grand Canyon National Park

A Utah woman has died after falling in the Grand Canyon while traveling by private boat, the National Parks Service has said.

Margaret Osswald, 34, of Salt Lake City, fell about 20 feet near Camp Ledges along the Colorado River around 6:30 p.m. Monday, resulting in fatal injuries, officials said.

Osswald was on day 6 of a multi-day private boat trip. Officials said she had walked through the canyon to meet her group at Phantom Ranch, a historic lodge, when she fell.

Members of the river trip party said she was unresponsive and began administering CPR.

Grand Canyon National Park officials requested an emergency helicopter response from the Arizona Department of Public Safety due to the darkness, which arrived around 8:30 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Osswald worked as an assistant director in Utah’s Division of Water Quality, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Osswald was on a multi-day private boat trip when she fell near Camp Ledges along the Colorado River.
National Park Service

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and support go out to his loved ones at this difficult time,” the agency said in a statement to the newspaper.

She is the fourth person to die in Grand Canyon National Park this year. Last week, a Colorado woman died after falling overboard in whitewater rapids.