Authorities said that a California woman fell to her death on Thursday after she lost her footing reaching out to help a teen who slipped on the ledge of a waterfall.
Here’s What Happened
Sarah Louise Crocker, 48, was hiking near a waterfall in North San Diego County with family friends when the group reached the middle pool of the falls and one of the teen girls slipped, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says deputies received a call around 9:45 a.m. about an incident at Three Sisters Falls in Descanso.
“The woman supervising the teenagers attempted to keep the girl from going over the ledge,” authorities said in a statement. “Unfortunately, both the woman and girl fell and suffered severe injuries.”
According to the medical examiner’s office, the fall caused Crocker to suffer from multiple blunt-force injuries, and she eventually drowned.
Paramedics airlifted the girl to a hospital. A sheriff’s official told City News Service on Saturday that she was in stable condition at the time of the accident and is expected to survive her neck and back injuries.
Three Sisters Falls in east San Diego County is described as an “often crowded, yet challenging” hiking area comprising three large waterfalls between tall and rocky mountains, according to the US Forest Service.
“We have had fatal accidents out there in the past, but fatalities are a rare occurrence,” Ford said.
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