Man plunges to his death at Eagle Falls |

Man plunges to his death at Eagle Falls

Susan Wood

A man fell as far as 60 feet to his death over Eagle Falls on Sunday, authorities said.

The man, whose identity was unknown as of press time, ended up in the water at the bottom of the falls. Witnesses said he plunged over a steep bank, California State Parks authorities reported. The incident was called in at 1 p.m.

The falls where the victim reportedly stood runs alongside Highway 89 near the Vikingsholm trail parking lot. Parks Supervising Ranger Brian Barton said he heard a doctor performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation before the authorities had arrived.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was brought in to retrieve the body after the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Lake Valley Fire Protection District and El Dorado County Sheriff’s crews also responded.

No warning signs are posted at the site because the previous ones had been vandalized, parks officials said. Barton believed replacement signs were due to go in.

“People have to take their own safety seriously. We implore them to do so – especially this time of year when the water flows are so heavy,” he said.

The parks district is still investigating the incident.

“These (fatal falls) go in waves. They’re not uncommon – especially when the weather is hot,” Barton said.

The Parks Service’s Sierra District has responded to a few fatal drownings in the last month within its jurisdiction. It is the first fatality, however, in the Tahoe portion of the district.

The summertime sends people out exploring in the water and on the ridges.

On Saturday, a man received minor injuries when he fell 12 feet off the rocks in D.L. Bliss State Park.

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