Lewiston woman dies after falling down waterfall

Published: May. 8, 2022 at 11:48 AM EDT
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TOWNSHIP E, Maine (WABI) - A Lewiston woman died after she stumbled and fell down a waterfall in Franklin County Saturday.

Tanisha Barry, 29, of Lewiston was with friends at Smalls Falls around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

She and a friend were in the water together in a pool above the falls, and when she got close to the edge, according to witnesses, she stumbled, and before she could regain her footing, fell approximately 30 feet down the falls.

One of her friends climbed down to the bottom of the falls to try and rescue her, but could not locate her in the turbulent water at the base of the falls. Unable to find her, he drove from the falls to an area with cell phone reception to call 911 and then returned to the falls.

Responders had to rappel down the rocks to the base of the falls. Rescuers located her body caught in the recirculating water, and utilizing ropes, went into the water to retrieve her. Rescuers then carried her up the cliff walls utilizing ropes and a litter.

An examination is planned by the State Medical Examiner’s office Sunday.

A GoFundMe has been set up for cremation and funeral arrangements.

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