A woman fell 400 feet from an observation point on the north side of the Royal Gorge and died, the Canon City Police Department said.
Officers were called to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park just after 8 p.m. Monday on a report of a missing 44-year-old woman, reports the Inquisitr.
“The victim fell from a platform at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, just northeast of a landmark bridge than spans a chasm 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the Arkansas River, the Canon City Police Department said in a statement.”
woman fall royal gorge search suspended
Dangerous conditions forced suspension of the search until Tuesday morning, when the Fremont County Search and Rescue Team responded and found the woman’s body about 400 feet below the observation point on the cliff face.
“At this time, the fall appears to be accidental with no foul play suspected,” the Canon City Police Department said.
The Royal Gorge, about 60 miles (96 km) southwest of Colorado Springs, is one of the state’s major tourist attractions. The narrow 10-mile (16-mile) canyon was carved through the redrock granite mountains over thousands of years by the Arkansas River.
Completed in 1929, the bridge that spans the canyon is billed as the highest suspension bridge in North America and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, according to the park’s website.
The woman’s name and hometown have not been released.
In 2003, one of the world’s best BASE jumpers, Australian Dwain Weston, died when a stunt parachute the gorge went awry and he hit a bridge before falling onto rocks.
Weston, 30, and another parachutist, had jumped from an aeroplane and were to descend either side of the 316-metre high Royal Gorge Bridge, the world’s highest suspension bridge near Canon City in Colorado.
Weston, who was travelling at an estimated 160kph, miscalculated his distance from the bridge, said Heather Hill, vice president of a company sponsoring the inaugural Go Fast Games for extreme sports.