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Man swept over waterfall identified

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A California campground host who fell into rushing waters and was swept over a waterfall to his death was identified Monday as Daniel Stephen Greenlaw of Richmond.

Madera County Sheriff’s Department officials said Greenlaw, 37, took a group of six vacationers to the West Fork Chiquito Creek area — some 14 miles north of Oakhurst — for a swim around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

As Greenlaw showed the party — including people from Illinois and England — how to slide down rocks to reach a swimming hole, he lost his footing and fell into the rushing water before being swept over the 100-foot waterfall, said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart.

“This was a terribly unfortunate accident,” Stuart said. “I think this is a reminder that there is a tremendous amount of moss in the water, and while rocks in these creeks may be steady, they are very slick.” ...


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