Another Death In GSMNP
Another death in GSMNP has occurred.This is the second death in the last week that has taken place in the national park. A 56-year-old man may have drowned in Abrams Creek. His body was found by park rangers about 1-2 miles from the Abrams Falls trailhead. He was found and his body was recovered on Saturday. The official cause of death has not been released. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s report.His name was James Baker of Hanover, PA.
The other death was just a week ago. A man died from an 80 foot fall at Ramsey Cascades waterfalls. The man who fell to his death has been identified as Michal Bojko. Bojko lived in Sevier County.
Park official caution everyone about how dangerous the park can be. They also give the warning “You are responsible for your own safety!” While hiking or visiting in the park it does come with some risks. And we each are responsible for our own safety. Use good judgement. Be prepared. Do some research or educate yourself about the area and terrain. Know the weather forecast. Cell phone coverage is spotty and can not be relied on in case of emergencies. Have a trail map. Read and follow all warning signs.Have the proper equipment. Dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. Always have a rain jacket. Weather is unpredictable in the varying elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Do you know what is one of the leading causes of death in the park? Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here is a great video about Water Safety and Hiking in the Great Smokies…