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Raleigh man hurt in fall from western NC waterfall

Posted June 22, 2011

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— A 20-year-old man from Raleigh remained hospitalized in Asheville on Wednesday after falling while trying to climb a waterfall near Brevard on Tuesday, authorities said.

Gabe Pitzel was climbing Upper Falls with some friends when he slipped and fell about 40 feet, said Tim Francis, Pisgah District ranger for the Blue Ridge Parkway. The man suffered serious head injuries, he said.

It took rescuers from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Transylvania and Haywood counties about five hours to reach the man and transport him to Mission Hospital, Francis said. He was listed in serious but stable condition on Wednesday.

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  • TeresaBee Jun 23, 2011

    Here is a Facebook page called Pray for Gabe Pitzel.

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123810454370215

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jun 23, 2011

    Get well soon, Gabe!

  • cottenderek18 Jun 23, 2011

    There are some things you just don't need to do.

  • ORMA Jun 23, 2011

    Now watch. This will all end up being the fault of the state or federal government somehow and tax payers will end up footing the bills and paying out a huge settlement. Thank you lawyers.

  • umop apisdn Jun 23, 2011

    "hope we don't let all the haters and blamers rule the rest of us."

    I love how the new thing is to call someone a hater when they point out the truth. I never wished this guy any harm, in fact, I hope he makes a full recovery. I'm just saying when people do these sort of activities they put other people's lives at risk. That's it that's all.

    "Most people who do these kinds of rescues for a living or as volunteers, also participate in the same kind of recreation."

    Got anything to back that up?

  • smashedglass Jun 23, 2011

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for him!

  • dancingjr Jun 23, 2011

    Wow, super surprised to see such negative comments. I do hope this young man does have a quick recovery.

    Oh, and I have to comment on the whole "putting other peoples lives in danger." That's what they do for a living. If they weren't willing to risk their lives for a fellow American in need then they wouldn't be in that career field.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jun 23, 2011

    Most people who do these kinds of rescues for a living or as volunteers, also participate in the same kind of recreation. Pushing our limits makes us better, as individuals and as a whole. I hope he recovers. I also hope we don't let all the haters and blamers rule the rest of us.

  • umop apisdn Jun 23, 2011

    "OK, look. This is not the time or place to criticize or judge Gabe's actions."

    Actually it is.

    "umop, not everyone is content to pass life on the couch."

    I'm not saying don't do anything. What I'm saying is there's enjoying the outdoors and there's putting other people's lives at risk to do something dumb.

  • raggy831 Jun 23, 2011

    Prayers to him,his family and friends. Prayers for the doctors and staff at the hospital that are taking care of him, and prayers to the people that got him to the hospital.

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