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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Brecksville, Ohio – On Tuesday afternoon, May 10, 2010, Daniel Bollini, a 31-year old visitor from Canal Fulton, Ohio slipped and fell off the top of Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. National Park Rangers responded with the assistance of several agencies to operate a rescue which turned into a recovery operation. Mr. Bollini was walking on the top of the falls when he slipped in the water and went over the edge, falling 60ft to the bottom of the falls. Two hikers were downstream, below the falls, and one of them tried to reach Mr. Bollini but was unsuccessful.
Multiple agencies were involved in the rescue operation, including: the Summit County Special Operations Response Team, which includes technical and water rescue team members; Cuyahoga Falls, Northfield Center, Sagamore Hills, Hudson, Macedonia, Akron, Brecksville, and Bath Fire Departments; Sagamore Hills Police Department, Summit County Sherriff’s Department, and the National Park Service.
Divers recovered the body of Mr. Bollini from the base of the falls approximately 4:30 p.m. He was transported to Sagamore Hills Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by the coroner at 5 p.m.
Brandywine Falls is located in Sagamore Hills, Ohio and is one of the most popular attractions in the national park. The area has safety railings along the gorge by the waterfall and warning signs of potential slipping and falling due to the wet rock. Boardwalks and viewing areas are provided for visitor safety.