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Drowning In Pool At Rainbow Falls

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Laurence Wade, 42, a citizen of Ireland currently living in New York, drowned while swimming with friends in the pool at the base of Rainbow Falls on the afternoon of August 5th. Ranger received several reports about the incident and were soon at the scene. Wade was spotted five to eight feet below the surface about 20 feet from shore in turbulent water. Due to the strong turbulence, a swiftwater rescue team had to be summoned. Personnel from the Inyo National Forest, Mono County Sheriff’s Office and Mono County SAR responded and retrieved Wade from the pool. He was pronounced dead at the scene.



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