COTTAGE GROVE, OR – A 16-year-old boy was killed Tuesday, while attempting to rescue his younger brother, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s office.
Officials say the younger brother slipped on rocks Tuesday afternoon, near the top of Wildwood Falls, near Cottage Grove.
Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff’s department says the victim and his brother were walking on rocks near the falls, when the younger boy slipped and began to slide down a rock wall into the water. Carver says the top of the rock wall is about 30 feet above the base of the falls.
According to witnesses, the older brother went into the water to help his brother, when both went down a narrow chute of water. Carver says the younger brother emerged from the water but the older brother did not.
The victim’s body was recovered after a tow truck was brought in to remove a large log from the water chute, allowing access to the victim.
Additional reporting from the Associated Press