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Person Injured At Waterfall


August 10, 2017

The condition of the person who fell Monday from Triple Falls waterfall in DuPont State Recreational Forest is unknown.

Officials cited confidentiality laws for the lack of information.

“We got the call about 12:30 p.m. (on Monday),” said Bruce MacDonald, a DuPont Forest ranger. “From our understanding, the patient was in the middle section of Triple Falls and fell down to the lower section and was actually washed a little ways down the river, but we were able to get the person out.”

MacDonald said, because of the 2 inches of rain over the night and morning, the water was higher, and the rocks were wet and slick.

“The slick rocks may have contributed to the fall, but then the higher water may have contributed to having fewer rocks to hit, cushioning the fall somewhat,” MacDonald said.

Due to the nature of the injuries, MacDonald said a helicopter was initially called to transport the patient, but it couldn’t come because of weather conditions, so the patient was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital.

He added that there were other waterfall-related incidents at DuPont this last weekend.

“One took place on the Henderson County side at Wintergreen Falls, where subject a fell about 20 feet and had significant injuries,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald said there haven’t been as many waterfall-related accidents as there were last year.

Last summer, there were six waterfall-related deaths in the county.


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