A 25-year-old man from Rhode Island suffered a fatal injury when he fell off the edge of a waterfall at a national park in Colorado on Sunday, as reported by authorities.
The man, whose name has not been disclosed, was pulled under the water after he tumbled from West Creek Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park.
His body was discovered on Monday night, brought to Upper Beaver Meadows by helicopter, and then transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.
Authorities stated that the man’s identity would not be released until the next of kin was contacted.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is an incredibly popular destination for hikers, with an estimated 4 million visitors annually. Spanning 400 square miles of mountainous terrain.
The National Park Service reminded visitors to stay safe near the fast-running, icy waters of its rivers, streams, and waterfalls. The National Park Service has issued a warning urging visitors to maintain a safe distance from these bodies of water.
A 57-year-old female passed away while hiking in extreme heat at the Grand Canyon on Monday. Last month, a father and his teenage stepson died at Big Bend National Park in Texas. The 14-year-old boy was discovered unconscious and later pronounced dead, while the 31-year-old step-father had died after his car crashed while driving to get help.