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Hiker dies in Arizona after falling 700ft trying to take photo, authorities say

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Hiker dies in Arizona after falling 700ft trying to take photo, authorities say

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A hiker camping in an Arizona mountain range has died hundreds of feet away while trying to take a photo, authorities said.

The hiker, identified as Richard Jacobson, 21, was camping with a friend in the Superstition Mountains just east of Phoenix this week. Around 12:45 a.m. Monday, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that its search and rescue unit was dispatched to the Flatiron Trail “after a 911 caller reported that his friend had fallen from the mountain. “.

Jacobson had gone to the edge of the mountain to take a photo when he slipped, authorities said. He fell approximately 700 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, low winter clouds surround part of Superstition Mountain in Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, Arizona.

“He slipped and fell,” the police sergeant said. 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. It was just a very tragic accident.”

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An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter helped recover Jacobson’s body. His friend was also airlifted from the campsite.

The Flatiron Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park is a 5.8 mile hike and is not a “maintained trail” to the top of the mountains. Arizona State Parks says the trail is difficult and steep, so only experienced hikers in good shape are advised to climb it.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Police: Hiker falls and dies trying to take photo on Arizona mountain


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