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Two California hikers who died in Arches National Park identified

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Two family members who died after falling while hiking in Arches National Park have been identified. (Photo: Palacemusic / Wikipedia via MGN)

Two family members who died while hiking in Arches National Park have been identified.

Toshiaki Amimoto, a 65-year-old man, and Etoko Amimoto, a 60-year-old woman, of California, died Friday, according to the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

The Amimoto's, along with their 30 year old son, fell while traversing a steep slope in a sandstone bowl in the area of Delicate Arch at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Arches National Park personnel, Grand County EMS, Grand County Sheriff’s Office and a medical helicopter responded to the incident.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office says "the weather at the time of the accident was intermittent rain and snow with temperatures in the low 30s."

The 30 year old was flown to Moab Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

Arches National Park Chief Ranger Scott Brown said Friday that fatal falls at Delicate Arch aren't common. But, he added, weather can make the trail tricky to maneuver.

The investigation into the family's fall is ongoing.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family: www.gofundme.com

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