2013-11-14 / Front Page

U.P. man dies after falling from top of Miners Falls

Man was gathering firewood for campsite

MUNISING – A 24-year old Norway, Mich., man is dead after a fall of about 70 feet from the top of Miners Falls. The incident occurred Monday within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Franklin Carver Sade died at Munising Memorial Hospital as a result his injuries. According to the National Park Service, the accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. at Miners Falls, which is about ten miles east of Munising.

Sade and his friend, Jordan McGuire, were camping near the top of Miners Falls. Sade was said to be obtaining campfire wood when the fall occurred. After the fall, McGuire called 911 once he reached a location with cell service.

The steep, rough terrain and inclement weather conditions contributed to the difficulty of the rescue. Temperatures were below freezing, rocky surfaces were ice-covered, natural lighting was minimal, and the Miners River was higher than usual, the NPS said.

Rescuers used an extension ladder to move Sade from the east side of the river to the west. Rescuers then carried him up the steep hill to a waiting rescue vehicle. He was transported along the Miners Falls trail to a waiting ambulance. EMS personnel employed advanced lifesaving techniques en route to the hospital, the NPS said.

Acting Chief Ranger Bill Smith noted there are no established campsites in or around the Miners Falls area. Alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. An autopsy will take place at Marquette General Hospital. The case remains open pending further investigation.

National Park Service rangers at the scene were assisted by the Alger County Sheriff’s Department, Alger County EMS, Alger County Rescue 21, Munising Township Fire Department, Eastern Upper Peninsula Search and Rescue, and Rock River Township Fire Department.

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