A man sadly died after he plummeted more than 4,000 feet from the Grand Canyon Skywalk and onto the canyon floor below. The incident took place last week, with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office announcing that the unnamed man, 33, “went over the edge.”
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is an incredible piece of architecture. The horseshoe-shaped glass bridge comes out over the edge of one of the most picturesque areas of the canyon, offering spectacular views of one of nature’s most incredible scenes. Millions of people visit from around the world every year, and for good reason. It truly is breathtaking.
In a Facebook statement from the county’s search and rescue team revealed that “two short-haul technicians (rope specialists) responded with Kingman DS Ranger helicopter to the scene.” Upon arrival, they found the man’s dead body.
It’s unclear whether or not the man’s fall was accidental or if he deliberately intended to go over the edge. However, if the MCSO’s statement is any indication, it may have been a suicide as they did include a suicide prevention hotline number in the post.
Authorities added that the deceased man’s remains were “extracted to the Command Post and transferred to the Hualapai Nation.” The Hualapai Tribe’s reservation covers both the canyon and the river that runs through it and they manage the land there.
Sadly, the Grand Canyon has a lengthy history of suicides, with the number estimated to be around 91. Jumping off the ledge is the most common way people have ended their lives there, though 13 people have driven their cars off the edge. It’s always extremely sad when people feel there is no other way forward and no reason to keep living. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s very sad this man (and all the others who have died there and elsewhere) couldn’t see it.
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).