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Asheville Woman Dies In Fall At Rainbow Falls In Transylvania County


Posted on Jun 20, 2010

A 28-year-old Asheville woman was killed when she was swept over the lip of Rainbow Falls along Horsepasture Wild and Scenic River in Transylvania County. Brian Kreigsman, the chief detective with the Transylvania County Sheriff's Department, told the Asheville Citizen-Times that Eleanor E. Dorman was wading in a pool above the waterfall when a nearby could observed her fall and get swept over the falls.

Rainbow Falls is 120 feet high and Kreigsman believes that the woman fell approximately 80 feet. Her friends, who she was hiking with that day, pulled her from the river while they waited for emergency responders to arrive. Captain Bobby Cooper with Lake Toxaway Fire Rescue said that the moss-covered rocks in the river can be very slippery and difficult to grab hold of, while many visitors to the falls underestimate the swiftness of the water despite posted warning signs.

Four people have been killed at Rainbow Falls in the last 15 years, while 13 people have been killed in North Carolina waterfall accident since 2001. Just weeks ago, Wake County man died at Elk River Falls in Avery County. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that 41-year-old Andrew Shelley was looking over the top of the falls before he fell 50 feet to his death. Dozens more North Carolina residents are injured in waterfall accidents each year.

Dorman was an active volunteer in the Asheville community – she was a recovering addict who helped others overcome their substance abuse problems.

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