At around 5:20 p.m. Friday, May 20, White County Fire Services in Georgia responded to a 911 phone call about a girl who fell over the edge of Raven Cliff Falls in White County. She was hiking in the area and was taking a photograph of the waterfall when she slipped and fell close to 50 feet down. In addition to White County Fire Services, 16 other federal, state, and local agencies responded. They searched the area as they arrived, but didn’t come into contact with the girl until 6:50 p.m. The place where she landed was where the cliff met the waterfall and where the falls meet, an extremely difficult spot to reach.
When rescuers finally rappelled down to assess the situation, they found the girl wedged in a rock crevice from her chest down, located about 100 feet up from the very bottom of the falls. After trying several things to try to free her, they weren’t successful until 11:16 p.m. and it took until 1:30 a.m., May 21, for her to walk to a waiting ambulance with some assistance. She ended up with only minor injuries. All the equipment and emergency vehicles didn’t leave the scene until 3 a.m.
One of the men at the site noted, “…there were two lessons I was reminded of: Don’t ever quit, don’t miss the blessing. To see the smile on her face — to know she had been given a new life — was priceless.” A local Walmart added their support by donating food to the rescuers during the operation.
This is just another story among many in our times to remind us that the Lord still performs miracles to let us know he is still present and to encourage us to stick to his paths. The rescuer who walked away from this with two lessons is correct. When a good work is worth accomplishing, we shouldn’t quit when a struggle ensues and we should take note of God’s blessing when the goal is met.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
Alison Cutler, The Charlotte Observer, May 23, 2022.
Joy Purcell, Now Habersham, May 23, 2022.