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Rescue of Man Who Fell From Artist Point

Yellowstone National Park

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On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 3rd, park staff successfully rescued a 27-year-old park visitor after he tumbled into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from the promenade area at Artist Point. Retan Seth of India was visiting the park and had stopped at Artist Point on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to view the Lower Falls. He later told rescuers that he was so overwhelmed by the sight of the canyon that he ran to the edge of the promenade off the established trail, past the boulders marking the designated walkway, and began taking pictures. Seth, who was wearing flip-flop sandals and not cognizant of his footing, slipped on the unstable volcanic rock and went over the edge, falling approximately 40 feet into a drainage near the promenade. Seth attempted to climb up the drainage several times, slipping further down the drainage with each attempt. A park interpreter who witnessed the incident cautioned Seth to remain still and wait for rescue. More than 30 employees from throughout the park assisted with the rescue.  Fortuitously, park fire and rescue staff and the park helicopter were in the Canyon area when the incident occurred and were able to immediately respond to the accident site. The first personnel on scene threw a rescue rope to Seth and established an anchor for rappelling. A park ranger/paramedic hooked into the anchor and rappelled down to Seth, who was stabilized, evaluated and prepared for evacuation. A section of the drainage was located that could be safely walked up, and the ranger and Seth were able to traverse to it while on the rope and walk out from there. Seth sustained minor lacerations to his forehead, feet and hands, but refused medical treatment. 


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