2 killed in waterfall accident in Transylvania Co.

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, NC (WSPA)- Crews responded to a fatal waterfall accident within the Lake Toxaway property.

Chief Carmon West at Lake Toxaway Fire Department, says two Georgia men were on the waterfall and one fell 150 ft. to his death after hitting the rocks.

The other male fell 50 feet and was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he later died.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 22-year-old Davis Ilan Zinsenheim and 23-year-old Joseph Harper Hopkins both from Marietta, GA.

There were 35 rescuers who responded to the accident, the chief says.

A 100 foot ladder truck was used to lay against one of the rocks to rescue one of the males.

Rescuers rappelled down the rock and used a basket to extract the surviving victim out around 9:20 PM.

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