A 20 year old man was found by his girlfriend after he failed to return from a hike in Greenville County.
Our Greenville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to informing the public about hiking safety. According to a news article on foxcarolina.com the 20 year old man was found floating face down in the water around 7 p.m. after authorities had spent all afternoon searching.
Apparently the hiker was attempting to climb a waterfall but lost his footing and fell into the water below. The cause of death was drowning while the manner of death was determined to be accidental.
The fall season means more individuals will enjoy the great outdoors and go for a hike. Hiking can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a day but it can also be a dangerous activity.
An article on spoonful.com outlines safety tips for hikers including:
• Plan Ahead: It is important to know your terrain. You should plan the hike and conduct online research about the best trails, season, and activities along the route. Some websites may even offer trail maps. It is recommended that you speak with a park ranger prior to beginning your hike because a park ranger will have information about environmental issues and safety. A park ranger will also know the area well enough to steer you away from danger.
• Know your environment: Regardless of where you are hiking you need to know the environment. A hiker should know which animals and plants are in the area and which ones should be avoided. Hikers also need to know what type of weather to expect.
• Start small: If you are a beginner you should err on the side of caution and start with a short hike. A hiker who is just learning to spend the night in the wild should not be too far from their basecamp (campsite, car, home). A hiker who does not have first air training should never venture far from medical attention.
• Know your water: Water in the wilderness can be filled with bacteria and is often dangerous to drink. Stream water may be acceptable for washing but an experienced hiker will only drink bottled water or water they have purified themselves.
• Be smart with food: If you are hiking all day and bring food you should seal the food tightly in plastic. This stops the food from getting wet and prevents animals from smelling your rations.
• Have a fire source: Always hike with at least one person who knows how to start a fire. When you have a campfire you should never leave it unattended. A park ranger may be able to give you advice about what wood to use to start your fire.
• Never hike alone: Venturing into the woods alone can have tragic outcomes. Not only is hiking more fun to enjoy with family and friends but it is also dangerous to venture off alone. While hiking be sure to check in at a ranger station and let them know your location.
These hiking tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable hike. More tips are available at spoonful.com.
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