Campground Host Swept Over Calif. Waterfalls
The camp host at the Farm Meadow Campground died Saturday (Aug. 10) when he fell down a 100-foot waterfall in California’s Madera County, authorities said Monday.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart identified the man as Stephen Greenlaw, 37, of Richmond, the Fresno Bee reported.
Stuart said the accident happened at West Fork Chiquito Creek where Greenlaw was swimming with six other vacationers. Greenlaw was reportedly showing the others how to slide down rocks to reach a swimming hole when he ended up further downstream than he intended. He then lost his footing, falling back into the water, and was swept over Camino Falls.
A Madera County search and rescue team was searching for the seven, who had been reported missing, when they discovered their vehicle about 3 a.m. Sunday. Rescuers found the group about an hour later, and Greenlaw’s body was located about 6:30 a.m. The surviving hikers were an Illinois woman, 56, three girls, 19, 13, and 8, and a 44-year-old man and 43-year-old woman from the United Kingdom.
Stuart said the vacationers told searchers that the accident happened Saturday afternoon. They tried to hike out but got lost.