Image: Ranger at site of falls where visitor died
National Park Service
A ranger at Mount Rainier National Park looks over the falls where Roger Alan Wagner fell to his death.
updated 9/13/2011 2:38:37 PM ET 2011-09-13T18:38:37

Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park on Tuesday recovered the body of a visitor who fell from a cliff and into a raging creek Monday night.

Roger Alan Wagner of Ocala, Fla., was taking pictures with his son near the Comet Falls trail bridge on Monday evening when he fell into the water some 40 feet below, the National Park Service said in a statement. He was 59.

It was too dark Monday night for rangers to recover the body and overnight it "was swept over the 69-foot double falls, coming to rest a hundred yards downstream from the park roadway," the park service added.

The death is the fourth of a visitor this summer at Rainier, which typically sees 2-3 deaths in a summer. The national park is some 50 miles southeast of Seattle, Wash.

Yosemite National Park in California has also seen an above average number of deaths. Seventeen visitors have died there this year, the most recent a hiker who fell from Half Dome late last month.

In 2010, the park had 15 fatalities for the full year.

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