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Waterfall Related Deaths

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Brad Darling Photography says:

I've already heard about 2 incidents so far this year, Vernal Falls and Elk Falls
2:00AM, 22 July 2011 PDT (permalink)

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Dean Goss is a group administrator Dean Goss says:

We've had a drowning at the Bolton Potholes earlier this month. The water was too high to be swimming in the upper pothole, sadly, it cost a 12 year old boy his life.
96 months ago (permalink)

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Brad Darling Photography says:

a girl that goes to my school almost drowned while tubing on the Puntledge River due to higher than normal water levels courtesy of all the snow the mountains got in the winter
96 months ago (permalink)

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Carl & Peggy Backes says:

Its amazing that more aren't killed at Vernal. Its well marked and the rails are in place, but people insist on going around and the rocks are slippery.
The signs and rails are there for a reason.
96 months ago (permalink)

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Brad Darling Photography says:

some people clearly wouldn't mind risking either there life or others for the best picture
96 months ago (permalink)

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ems18 says:

At Crabtree falls in Virginia, NPS had records of more than 20 deaths since they started keeping track, and that was 25+ years ago when I lived down there. The tally is undoubtedly higher now.

Hikers insist on climbing out onto this 1,000+ foot cascade despite warnings, and more than a few wind up slipping and falling all the way to the bottom.
93 months ago (permalink)

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Dean Goss is a group administrator Dean Goss says:

@ems18, I'm one of those guys that climbs out on rocks. That being said, I don't go out if I have ANY doubts about my ability to hold friction. Bryan and I have done more than a fair bit of traipsing around, getting in some pretty hairy places. We're both still intact.
The most dangerous falls are typically frequently visited falls. Casual tourists with delusions of ability will venture into dangerous places wearing street shoes. This is a recipe for tragedy. Those of us who've been around the waterfall community for a long time all have one thing in common: we're all STILL here. Take care people, a little prudence goes a very long way. In baseball-speak, luck is the residue of preparation.
93 months ago (permalink)

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subarcticmike says:

better yet in hockey-speak, keep your 'stick' on the ice [:)
93 months ago (permalink)

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