CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – A Charleston man has died after falling Saturday morning from a hiking trail overlooking a waterfall in the North Carolina mountains, according to authorities.
Aaron Post, 28, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, NC, after falling near Big Bradley Falls in public forestland outside Saluda, North Carolina, according to Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge.
The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Post reportedly died Sunday, Oct. 20.
Arledge says Post, who was hiking as part of a group, reportedly lost his balance after kneeling to take a photo, and fell at least 50 feet down a rock face to the shallow, rocky stream bed at the bottom of the falls.
.Yesterday HCRS, along with many other Fire Departments, assisted Saluda Fire Department with a rescue at Big Bradley…
Crews from several regional public safety departments rushed to the scene to begin rescue efforts, according to Asst. Chief Robert Dellinger of Saluda Fire & Rescue.
First responders rappelled down to Post’s location at the bottom of the falls, got him out of the water, and began warming him as medics started emergency treatment, officials say.
North Carolina’s Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (HART) was called in to assist with extracting Post from the remote falls, and airlifted him a waiting ambulance for transport to the hospital.
Big Bradley Falls is located only about 1 mile off Interstate 26 in the state managed Green River Game Lands. However, the terrain in the area is rugged, and the falls are only accessible by foot along a steep trail.
It reportedly took emergency crews several hours to reach, triage and safely withdraw Post from the falls before transporting him to a hospital.