Teen recovering after fall from Burke Co. waterfall

Crews rescue teen who fell at waterfall in Burke Co.

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — A Kings Mountain teen was injured in a fall from a waterfall in Burke County earlier this week.

Seventeen-year-old Patrick Mereno was rescued after falling 60 feet near High Shoals Waterfall in South Mountain State Park around 6 p.m. Tuesday. It took rescue workers about two hours to get to him.

Park Superintendent Jonathan Griffith says Mereno was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of serious injuries.

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Park rangers say rocks near the waterfall can become very slippery. The trails along the waterfall are marked and the top of the waterfall itself is blocked off.