A hiker plunged hundreds of feet before dying trying to take one of his photos at the top of an Arizona mountain peak in the early hours of Monday morning according to local authorities.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said 21-year-old Richard Jacobson was camping with his friend at the top of a mountain at Lost Dutchman State Park near the Superstition Mountains east of metro Phoenix.
Jacobson’s companion on the camping trip phoned 911 around 12.45 a.m. Monday, and told police Jacobson fell from the mountain, after attempting to take a photograph.
“The reporting party stated he and his friend were camping on top of Flat Iron when his friend went to the edge to take a photo and slipped,” the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in an email for Changing America.
The authorities told local station KPHO-TV that Jacobson “went to take a photograph with himself and the city skyline in the background, and he lost his footing, and he slipped, and he fell.”
A Search and Rescue team was sent on The Flat Iron Trail and an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted in locating and recovering Jacobson’s body, which was located between 400 and 700 feet lower than the hikers had camped.
Andrew Thomas, who was missionary with Jacobson said to KPHO-TV that Jacobson was a man who was friendly and had a great spirit of humor.
“He really was one of those guys that everyone loved, and it’s sad to lose him, but we know that it’s not the end,” Thomas stated to KPHO-TV.