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Crews demonstrate waterfall safety in Transylvania following several deadly accidents

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Western North Carolina emergency crews demonstrated a waterfall rescue Wednesday to show how complex they can be. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Western North Carolina emergency crews demonstrated a waterfall rescue Wednesday to show how complex they can be.

Recently, one person died at Whitewater Falls in Oconee and another died at Elk River Falls in Avery County.

Officials said they wanted to emphasize how dangerous waterfalls can be.

"We want everyone to enjoy the waterfalls, but we want them to enjoy them safely. Stay off the top if it's someplace you're not supposed to go. If there's warning signs, abide the warning signs," said Scott Justus, of Transylvania County Emergency Services.

State and national park officials, the forest service and Transylvania County emergency officials participated in the event.

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