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Hiker dies in Arizona after falling 700 feet while trying to take a photo, authorities say

A hiker tenting in an Arizona mountain vary fell a whole bunch of feet to his demise while trying to take a picture, authorities mentioned.

The hiker, recognized as 21-year-old Richard Jacobson, was tenting with a pal in the Superstition Mountains simply east of Phoenix this week. On Monday round 12:45 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office mentioned in a assertion, its search and rescue unit was despatched to the Flatiron Trail “after a 911 caller reported his friend had taken a fall from the mountain.”

Jacobson had gone to the sting of the mountain to take a picture when he slipped, authorities mentioned. He fell an estimated 700 feet and was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

In this Jan. 29, 2015, file picture, low-hanging winter clouds hug a part of Superstition Mountain in Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, Ariz.

“He slipped and fell,” Police Sgt. Doug Peoble told Fox 10 Phoenix. “I can tell you that during our investigation, there were no signs of foul play. No signs of drug use whatsoever. It was just a very tragic accident.”

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An Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter helped get better Jacobson’s physique. His pal additionally was flown from the campsite.

The Flatiron path in Lost Dutchman State Park is a 5.8-mile hike and isn’t a “maintained trail” main to the height of the mountains. Arizona State Parks says the path is tough and steep, so it advises that solely skilled hikers in good condition climb it.

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This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Police: Hiker falls, dies trying to take picture on Arizona mountain

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