Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Visitor Dies of Injuries Sustained in 70-Foot Fall

NPS Digest is reporting this morning that a man has died as a result of a fall in Shenandoah National Park.

On Thursday, August 2nd, park dispatch received a report that a man had fallen about 70 feet near Overall Run Falls, the highest waterfall in Shenandoah. Park personnel from all divisions geared up for a technical rescue and carryout of the 41-year-old Ohio man. Ranger Stuart Curtin was first on scene and worked to secure the unconscious man’s airway and treat his life threatening injuries, including an obvious open skull fracture. Eagle One, the United States Park Police Helicopter, responded and hoisted the man after he was packaged by park personnel. He was then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

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