A 3-year-old girl has died after she was reportedly swept over the edge of a waterfall on Sunday.
The incident occurred at the Whitewater Falls in North Carolina around 5:50 p.m.
Authorities say the toddler Nevaeh Jade Newswanger, of Denver, Pennsylvania was visiting the falls with her family when a current swept the child over the edge of the waterfall.
Officials say the family was at the top of the falls when the incident occurred.
First responders from multiple counties responded to the scene and attempted to locate the child:
“Just prior to night fall on Sunday rescuers located the child deceased and entrapped in an area of the water fall,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.
Once the child was located, authorities worked for hours to safely get to the child’s body.
It is unclear how the child fell down the waterfall, however, authorities urged families visiting the area to follow safety precautions and to keep a safe distance:
“First and foremost our prayers are with the Newswanger Family as they grieve the loss of this precious young child,” Jackson County Sheriff Chip Hall said in the statement. “With the onset of spring weather we need to be reminded of the dangers associated with many scenic areas of the region such as waterfalls.”
According to the U.S Forest Service the Whitewater Falls has the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, with a plunge of 411 feet.