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Man Falls 95 Feet To His Death At Death Valley National Park

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A man canyoneering died in Death Valley National Park on Saturday after he plummeted 95-feet to his death, authorities said.

Justin Ibershoff, 38, of Los Angeles was exploring the canyon with six friends, all of whom were experienced canyoneers, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement.

As Ibershoff attempted to descend a “steep, rocky slope” he stepped on a loose rock, triggering a rockslide that swept him past two of his friends and over the edge of the 95-foot-tall dry fall, according to the NPS.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: The Devil's Golf Course salt pan is viewed on August 18, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, ‘Travel prepared to survive.’ (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: The Devil’s Golf Course salt pan is viewed on August 18, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The group contacted emergency services using an emergency locator beacon. The NPS said the group’s ability to use the emergency locator allowed them to provide detailed information of the accident which allowed rescuers to find Ibershoff.

Inyo County search-and-rescue (SAR) and Death Valley park rangers, assisted by a crew from the Navy’s VX-31 helicopter, were able to reach Ibershoff’s body hours after the accident occurred and determined he had died, according to NPS. (RELATED: Oregon State Student Dies After Falling Off Cliff While Taking A Photo)

Ibershoff’s body was recovered Sunday, according to the press release.

The NPS advises canonizers to avoid the upper section of Deimos Canyon.