Teen Falls 120 Feet to Her Death at Camp

Olivia Paige Grimes became unhooked from a large pendulum swing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2015 2:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida teenager died about 6pm Monday after falling out of a rope swing at a Christian camp on the South Carolina-North Carolina border. Olivia Paige Grimes, 16, of Lakeland, Florida, was part of a group participating in an event called the "Freebird" and was attached to a large pendulum swing along with two other participants. Olivia became unhooked from the swing and fell what Greenville Online reports was 120 feet to the ground. Deputies are investigating the fall at Carolina Point Camp in Sunset; they say it appears to have been accidental. No one else was injured, and authorities say the ride was supervised by two camp employees.

The camp on Sassafras Mountain is run by Young Life, a Christian youth organization. It operates 28 camps across the country and said in a statement, "We have swings at 13 of our camps; all are currently closed as a measure of precaution and to ensure a safe experience for our campers. We do not yet know what happened at Carolina Point." That particular camp released a statement of its own that noted staff immediately began administering CPR, per WYFF. Olivia was pronounced dead at the scene. "All of us at Carolina Point and across Young Life grieve with this young woman's family and friends," per the statement. "At the moment our focus is on those grieving over this tragic accident."

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