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Yellowstone Death: Girl Falls 550 Feet While Hiking With Family

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 08:36 PM

An 8-year-old California girl hiking with her family in Yellowstone National Park on Sunday slipped and fell 550 feet to her death off one of the popular park trails.

Zahra Allahyari, of Poway, California, was hiking with her family when she apparently lost her footing and fell on the trail near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, hiking toward a platform area to look at the park’s tallest waterfall, Reuters reported.

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Rescue teams brought in a helicopter and rappelled to the ledge where the girl fell to retrieve her body.

The girl’s death comes just days after a northeast Georgia man working a summer job at the park drowned while rafting the Lamar River.

Darien Latty, 22, and two co-workers from the park were rafting the Lamar, near the Yellowstone River, when the two other men got out of the water where the two rivers merged, but Latty was swept downstream, a park press release said. He was last seen separated from his tube, without a life jacket, being swept into the swift waters. His body was found four days later, the release said.

Reuters said tubing is banned in the Yellowstone River because it is so powerful and unsafe.

The park has 3 million visits each year and very few accidental deaths, Yellowstone spokesperson Al Nash told Reuters.

“Both of these incidents remind us of the need to be vigilant of your personal situation and that of those around you when visiting a wild place like Yellowstone,” he said.

Earlier this year, the second edition of a book detailing all of the “unnatural” deaths in Yellowstone was released.

Writer Lee Whittlesey spoke with YellowstonePark.com about “Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolihardiness in the First National Park.”

“If the book keeps us all a little safer, all the better,” he said. “We’re not trying to terrify anybody. We’re trying to face reality about what the threats are. That’s part of the charm, the adventure, the fun.”

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