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Zip Line Fatality in North Carolina Spurs Safety Concerns

A YMCA camp in western North Carolina shut down its zip line earlier this month, after a disastrous equipment failure killed a 12 year-old girl.

David Ozmore, president of the YMCA of High Point, which runs Camp Cheerio in Alleghany County, NC, stated that a rope that was holding the child to the zip line broke. She fell 20 feet into the ravine below.

The company that trains staff and maintains the condition of the zip line, continues to investigate. Also, the sheriff’s office in Alleghany County is investigating.

Zip lines are not regulated in most states, including North Carolina.

Police said that around 3 PM, June 11, a trained worker secured the girl into the harness. The harness was connected to the pulley above by 1 rope. She took off from the side of the hill. After she went nearly 200 yards, the rope broke and the girl fell to her death.


Our personal injury law firm is very sorry to hear of the loss of this girl’s life. A wrongful death lawsuit can never replace the value of a human life. However, the justice system does allow a grieving family to have some amount of justice through such legal actions. A successful wrongful death suit attempts to make some amends for the loss by paying out damages that is just under the circumstances, considering the loss involved.

While it is difficult to assess the amount of pain and suffering that the grieving family will suffer, there are formulas used that will attempt to put a dollar amount on that suffering. We hope that the family above is able to receive the justice they likely deserve.

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