Camper dies in 70-foot fall at Pictured Rocks
A 24-year-old man died from his injuries after he fell 70 feet while camping near a waterfall in the Upper Peninsula's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
U.S. Parks Service Ranger Bill Smith says that Franklin C. Sade and another man were camping close to the top of Miners Falls. Smith said that Sade was collecting firewood when he fell Monday around 2:30 a.m., WLUC-TV reports.
WLUC-TV reports Sade and Jordan McGuire were camping near the top of Miners Falls. They report Sade was getting wood for the campfire when he fell.
Inclement weather, tough terrain and dark conditions made the rescue operation difficult, WLUC-TV reports.
The site is near Lake Superior in Alger County's Munising Township, about 40 miles east of Marquette.
Sade was transported to Munising Memorial Hospital, where he died. He lived in of the Iron Mountain-area community of Norway.
Smith said there are no established campsites in or around the Miners Falls area, WLUC-TV reports. Alcohol may have been a factor. An autopsy is scheduled.