Taylor Terrell died on Thursday after slipping off a waterfall in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. The local morning news anchor went to Rainbow Falls to celebrate her upcoming 25th birthday.
Cathy Dowd, a forest service public affairs officer, said that Terrell “was wading in the river near the top of the falls [and] she lost her footing and fell into the water, where the current swept her up and over the falls.”
The death of Terrell was actually the seventh waterfall related death that happened in Transylvania County, N.C., this year. Transylvania County sheriff’s chief deputy Eddie Gunter said Rainbow Falls is “a real dangerous spot.”
Terrell anchored for the 41NBC news team, which she joined in 2013 as an intern. Terrell graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s of science in public relations and a minor in journalism.
News director Brandon Long wrote, “Taylor was a hard worker with a bright smile. She rose through the ranks from intern to reporter, to weekend anchor, to morning anchor and was eager to prepare for her next chapter. This is a devastating loss for us here at 41NBC and most definitely for her family.”
(Photo: Taylor Terrell via Twitter)