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    Woman dies after fall at US national park; body recovered

    SPRINGDALE, UTAH (AP) — A 26-year-old woman died after falling in a canyon at a United States (US) national park in Utah, officials said.

    The woman’s body was recovered on Sunday evening from Mystery Canyon at Zion National Park, the National Park Service said in a news release.

    According to visitors, the woman was canyoneering alone and fell 50 to 80 feet on Saturday afternoon. Crew launched a search and rescue effort that closed various areas of the park.

    A helicopter was sent to rescue the woman but was unable to pull her out “due to the steep, narrow canyon walls,” the park service said in the release. Medics later reached the woman before she died a short time later.

    The woman had injuries consistent with a high-elevation fall, park officials said. Her name was not immediately released.

    The woman was said to have been “canyoneering” — a practice or sport of following a body of water through a canyon by walking, swimming, rafting, climbing, rappelling or other similar means.

    The National Park Service and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were investigating
    the death.

    Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. PHOTO: AP
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