Ottawa woman dies while hiking in Grand Canyon

Hiker Melanie Goodine, 41, was found distressed by other hikers who reported her to park officials around 5:50 p.m. Thursday.

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An Ontario woman has died while hiking in the Grand Canyon, reports the US National Parks Service.

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Hiker Melanie Goodine, 41, was found distressed by other hikers who reported her to park officials around 5:50 p.m. Thursday. She quickly became unconscious and bystanders began CPR. National Park Service search and rescue officers assisted in resuscitation efforts, but they were unsuccessful.

Goodine was incorrectly identified as being from Ottawa in the National Park Service’s initial report on Sunday, CTV Ottawa reports. The woman is from the Niagara region, according to the outlet.

The Park Service said Goodine was exiting the canyon at the time after hiking to the Colorado River earlier that day.

The National Park Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death.

In a statement, the park service said hikers should be sure to drink plenty of fluids, rest in the shade during the heat of the day, watch for signs of distress in fellow travelers, and dress in loose, light-coloured clothing.

The National Parks Service also said they don’t recommend hiking from the edge to the river and back in one day.

On Sunday, an alert was in place as the temperature in the inner canyon was expected to reach 41°C.

*Editor’s Note: This story and title have been updated to correct the hiker’s residence.

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