Last Friday was a harsh day for SAR crews in the Grand Canyon. One death and two others struck by lightning stands as a wakeup call to those of us (me included) that sometimes take Mother Nature for granted. Below is the story from local news station KPHO, in Arizona. – Tony
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — A California man fell to his death and two Korean women were injured after they were stuck by lightning at the Grand Canyon on Friday afternoon.
An eyewitness to the man falling said he was trying to jump from one outcropping to another just off the South Rim Trail.
The body of Andrew N. Stires, 42, of Burbank, Calif., was found by a National Park Service helicopter crew about 500 feet below the rim.
High winds and lightning prevented the recover until Saturday, according to park rangers.
The two Korean women were believed to have been struck by secondary lightning while standing on the rim east of the visitor center, rangers said.
The women, both 45, were taken to medical centers, treated and released.