Hikers died in Arizona after falling 700 feet in an attempt to take a picture, officials said.


Hikers camping in the Arizona Mountains fell hundreds of feet and died trying to take pictures, officials said.

The hiker, identified as 21-year-old Richard Jacobson, was camping with a friend this week at Super Station Mountains, just east of Phoenix. At around 12:45 am on Monday, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the search and rescue team was sent to the Flat Iron Trail “after the 911 caller reported that his friend had fallen from the mountain.” Stated.

According to officials, Jacobson went to the edge of the mountain to take a picture when he slipped. He fell an estimated 700 feet and was sentenced to death at the scene.

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

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

“He slipped and fell,” said the police sergeant.Doug Peable Talked to Fox 10 Phoenix.. “During our investigation, there were no signs of cheating. There were no signs of substance use. It was a very tragic accident.”

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A ranger helicopter from the Arizona Department of Public Security helped restore Jacobson’s body. His friend was also flying from the campsite.

The Flat Iron Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park is a 5.8-mile hike, not a “maintained trail” that leads to the top of the mountain. Arizona State Park says Trails are difficult and steep, so only well-conditioned and experienced hikers are advised to climb.

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Police: Hiker falls and dies trying to take a photo on Mount Arizona