A 25-year-old man from Rhode Island was fatally injured when he fell off the edge of a waterfall at a national park in Colorado on Sunday, as reported by authorities.
The man, whose identity was not released, was pulled under the water after falling from West Creek Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. His body was found on Monday evening and was taken by helicopter to Upper Beaver Meadows and then to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office to establish the cause of death.
The park service issued a warning to visitors to be mindful of the power of the waters, which can quickly pull a person underwater.
This tragedy is among many that have occurred this summer at national parks. A 57-year-old woman died while hiking in extreme heat at the Grand Canyon on Monday.
Last month, a father and his teenage stepson passed away at Big Bend National Park in Texas. The 14-year-old boy was found unconscious and was later declared dead, while the 31-year-old step-father died after he crashed his car while rushing to get help.
In May, a woman was found dead inside a car at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; it was later revealed that she had committed suicide by shooting herself.