A 13-year-old boy from Magna fell 300 feet to his death Thursday afternoon while attempting to retrieve a camera he had dropped at an overlook at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Craig Olsen, son of William and Ellen Olsen of Magna, was visiting the park with his family when he dropped a camera on a narrow ledge below the Bryce Point Viewpoint, said ranger Charles Peterson, quoting family members. "He had climbed off the trail and retrieved the camera, when he lost his footing."Park rangers and the Garfield County ambulance crew responded, and rangers scrambled to the boy from the Peekaboo Trail below Bryce Point. But he had suffered extensive injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch.
"Bryce Point is one of the major areas at the park. It's a viewpoint. We have about 15 of them along the road through the canyon," Peterson told the Deseret News.
Although the viewpoint has a set of rails, after the boy dropped his camera, he "made the poor judgment to go out and get it." Peterson added that the family wanted to make the point that Craig was a very responsible boy and just made a wrong decision.