3-year-old girl drowned in 400-foot waterfall while traveling with her family


A three-year-old girl died after being swept over a waterfall near Cashiers, North Carolina.

According to WRAL.com, the Jackson County Office of Emergency Management received an emergency call at around 5:50 p.m. On Sunday, a caller reported that “a little girl was swimming in the water at the top of the falls.”

The sheriff’s office said the incident occurred at Whitewater Falls, 60 miles from Asheville, North Carolina.

According to the US Forest Service, Whitewater Falls is the tallest waterfall on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains at 411 feet (125 meters) from top to bottom.


Neva Jade Newwanger, a 3-year-old girl from Denver, Pennsylvania, made her way to the falls while traveling with her family, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Rescuers from Jackson, Transylvania, Heywood, Henderson and Oakoni did not despair of finding the girl after an emergency call was made to authorities.

Unfortunately, Nevaye’s body was found at the waterfall and taken out at 13:00. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jackson County Sheriff Chip Hall said, “Above all, we pray with the Newswanger family to mourn the loss of this precious young child.”

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