A man from South Carolina died on Saturday after he was caught in the swift current at Rainbow Falls while trying to save his dog. The man had been visiting the falls with his wife and their dog.
According to the News Observer, John Shaffer, 42, jumped into the waters to chase after his dog. He quickly became swept away by the current of the river about 100 feet away when he went over the waterfall. More than five hours later, Lake Toxaway Fire Chief Carmon West, along with six other agencies that came out to help, found Shaffer’s body in the Horsepasture River.
The Rainbow Falls are 150 feet high, and there are warning signs informing visitors of the slippery conditions near the falls. The dog has not been found. Tourists are encouraged to view the beautiful sights from below.
Rest in peace John Shaffer.
(Photo of Rainbow Falls via Google maps)
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