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Teen Dies In Fall From Inspiration Point

Yellowstone National Park

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An 18-year-old woman died last Thursday in an accidental fall near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Maria “Masha” Sergeyevna Rumyantseva of Kaliningrad, Russia, a Yellowstone concession employee on her first day in the park, was hiking the canyon’s North Rim Trail with three other acquaintances when she ventured off trail onto a loose rock promontory, which quickly gave way underneath her. Rangers responded to a 911 cell phone call received late in the afternoon reporting that a woman had fallen into the canyon.  With the assistance of ground spotters and a Teton Interagency helicopter, they spotted the woman’s body at a point about 400 feet down the canyon wall and concluded that she had sustained non-survivable injuries. Despite the hazardous terrain, the body was successfully recovered from the canyon via a short-haul helicopter operation at approximately noon on Friday.



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