Tourist falls taking photos at Grand Canyon, body recovered

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GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP/FOX 10) -- The body of a Hong Kong man who fell over the edge of the Grand Canyon has been recovered.

A helicopter lifted the man's body from 1,000 feet below the rim Thursday afternoon. He had fallen earlier in the day while trying to take photographs.

David Leibowitz is a spokesman for Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation in northwestern Arizona. He says the man's body will be taken to a medical examiner's office.

The man in his 50s was with a tour group at Eagle Point along the western edge of the Grand Canyon. His name hasn't been released.

The fall happened Thursday morning on the Hualapai Tribe's reservation to the west of Grand Canyon National Park. A spokesman for the tribe, David Leibowitz, says the man fell and slipped at Eagle Point while trying to take photographs.

Eagle Point is adjacent to the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out from the canyon wall. The rim has some ledges and outcroppings below but no barrier between tourists and the edge.

Leibowitz says the area is closed for the day. He extended prayers from the tribe.

Media reports from Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK say the man is from Macao, a former Portuguese colony located to the west of Hong Kong, and was in the U.S. on a seven-day West Coast tour that was organized by a travel company in Hong Kong.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.