Man plummets to his death taking selfie in national park beauty spot

A sightseer plummeted to his death while taking a selfie at a beauty spot.

It is believed Orlando Serrano-Arzola, 25, slipped and fell while capturing a shot overlooking the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, a national park in the US state of Arizona.

Mr Serrano-Arzola, from the state''s capital Phoenix, plunged about 100ft before sliding a further 150ft. Park officials reached him around 30 minutes after the accident on Sunday morning and confirmed he had died shortly afterwards.

Jon Paxton, of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation, said the tragic photographer was presumed to be climbing rocks to get a better view.

He added: "When he tried to climb back out, evidently he lost his footing or rock hold."

Mr Serrano-Arzola fell near the city of Page in northern Arizona. The entire Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is huge and covers more than 1.25 million acres across Arizona and Utah to the north.

His body was transported to the county medical examiner's office in Flagstaff for an autopsy.

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While recovering Mr Serrano-Arzola's body, authorities discovered further human remains at the base of the overlook.

It is unclear what happened and the discovery is also under investigation.

The area of national beauty was opened to the public in 1972. The Glen Canyon Dam itself was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the USA.

A report in 2018 found that more than 250 people had died while taking a selfie in the previous seven years.

The most common cause of death was drowning, while being hit by traffic and falling also ranked highly.

Dr Agam Bansal, who led the research at the India Institute of Medical Sciences: "Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous.

"Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviours and risky places where selfies should not be taken.

"'No selfie zones' areas should be declared across many tourist areas, (especially) places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths."

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