Man dies at Drysdale Falls Monday evening

Sherry Martell
Published on June 26, 2007

Truro Daily News

The Falls - A 41-year-old Oxford man died Monday evening while swimming in a rapidly moving pool of water at the top of Drysdale Falls.

Tatamagouche firefighters and a Special Hazards Response Unit from Bible Hill repelled into the swirling body of water to retrieve the victim.

"We had two guys in the water," said department chief, Jim Forbes.

"One of our guys got pulled under again. There's a severe undertow."

Paramedics, police, and more than

a dozen firefighters responded to

the 911 call for help at about 6 p.m.

at the falls located on the Balmoral Road, near Tatamagouche.

The man was travelling with a group of five people, included at least three children, who had arrived at the falls late in the afternoon.

Deputy chief Ian MacDonald said the onset of warm weather brings people to the falls even though it is known to be a dangerous place.

He said last year the department was called upon to perform rescues there at least three times.

"I've been to a lot of these and this is the saddest one I've ever been to," said deputy chief, Ian MacDonald.

"It's just tragic. "