Child falls down 100ft waterfall in horrific accident

Child falls down 100ft waterfall in horrific accident

A child was rushed to hospital after falling down a 100ft waterfall in a horrific accident.

The youngster slipped into a pool while on a day out with family to the North Wales beauty spot, Ceunant Mawr Waterfall in Llanberis, on the edge of Snowdonia.

As the child’s terrified family watched helplessly on, a Good Samaritan jumped in to help the child.

The “strong swimmer” managed to drag the child out before emergency services arrived, North Wales Live reported.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said one of their team members was out near the waterfall when they heard “a lot of shouting and commotion”.

A spokesman said: “They saw that a child had slipped and fallen into the pools above the main waterfall.

“The team member immediately alerted the team (who were dealing with a separate incident on Snowdon) and the other emergency services.”

The spokesman said that a person who had been at the waterfall with the child immediately entered the water to try and reach them, but they could not get to them before they were washed into the pool below.

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They said: “Another member of the casualty group entered the water to try and reach the child but the child was washed over the main waterfall.

“Having been alerted by the commotion, a local Good Samaritan saw the child floating in the pool below the falls, entered the water and was able to recover them to the side, where other members of the public assisted them out.”

Emergency services then arrived.

They added: “Rescue team members arrived on scene and were able to immediately start treating the casualty as well as those who had been in the water and witnessed the incident.

“Two team doctors were on scene and able to assist Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics as well as team members specifically trained in water rescue.

“The casualty was transported to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.”

They said that while the person who entered the water to pull the child from the pool was a strong swimmer, they experienced the effects of the water themselves.

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The spokesman said: “The Good Samaritan who entered the bottom pool was a very strong swimmer and used to cold water, they did however, experience the effects of cold water shock with a noticeable reduction in muscle power.

“While beautiful, Llanberis waterfall has been the scene of several fatalities and very near misses.

“This incident was a genuine accident, these things happen occasionally and there is no blame to be apportioned.

“That said, we continue to dissuade anybody from swimming in the pools below the falls.”

The mountain rescue team confirmed that the distance between the two pools was around 100ft.

The current condition of the child, or whether they were male or female, has not been released.

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