Teen falls to death from North Carolina summer camp rope swing

BREVARD, NC (KTRK) -- A girl fell to her death from a rope swing while at summer camp in North Carolina, ABC affiliate WLOS-TV reports.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office said Olivia Grimes fell somewhere between 100 to 120 feet at Carolina Point Camp, located on the border of Pickens County, South Carolina and Brevard, North Carolina.

Authorities say the 16-year-old from Lakeland, Florida fell during a team-building exercise called the "Freebird." She had been strapped to a large pendulum, along with two other campers, when she somehow became unattached and fell about twelve stories to the ground.

"Camp staff called emergency medical assistance immediately and began administering CPR. To our great sorrow, this young woman passed away," Camp manager Greg Carlton told WLOS. "We do not yet know how this occurred. At the moment, our focus is on those grieving over the tragic accident. This is a very sad day for us all."

This accident comes 5 weeks after a 12-year-old girl died after falling off a zip line at another camp in Western North Carolina.

Investigators with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office are still looking into the cause of Grimes' fall from the rope course, which has been shut down indefinitely.
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