A man who died Friday after falling from the top of Little Mashel Falls in Eatonville has been identified as an 18-year-old Bonney Lake resident.
He was the second person to die near the falls in the last month.
The latest victim, Noah Atchison, was on a hike with a co-worker from a McDonald’s restaurant in Sumner.
After they made it to the top of the 125-foot falls, Atchison walked to the edge to take a photograph looking down at the water, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday.
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The teen turned around to step away from the edge after taking the photo and slipped on wet rock, tumbling over the side.
Atchison’s co-worker looked over the side and couldn’t see him so she raced to the bottom of the falls, where she found him unconscious in a small pool.
The co-worker ran to the trail and sought help from a family walking their dog. They called 911 just before 3 p.m., and the father accompanied her to the bottom of the falls but was unable to help Atchison.
His mother described him as generous, caring and a lover of adventure.
“Noah wasn’t fearless, but he was courageous,” Cindy Snitily wrote on a GoFundMe page. “He always wanted to be a hero, and to me, he was.”
Donations to the family can be made here.
The previous death happened June 26, when Jayace Rosborough was walking on rocks at the base of the waterfall and apparently slipped and fell into the deep water.
The 13-year-old did not know how to swim.
Friends and witnesses tried unsuccessfully to find him and pull him from the water. Rescuers found him face down in the pool an hour or so later.
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